October Surprise

Friday, October 15, 2004

Ever since 1980, the idea of an "October Surprise" has fascinated political junkies everywhere. The term originated with allegations that the Reagan campaign made a secret arrangement with Iranian hostage-takers in order to discredit President Carter. As a tactic, it has provided a successful model for election sabotage, and few have forgotten its efficacy. On the eve of another election, Brooke reflects on the long October wait for the other shoe to drop.

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