In most election years, candidates worry about the “October Surprise” phenomenon – late-breaking bad news for a candidate, that makes a big enough impression to reduce their vote count, with not enough time left to counter the bad news before the November election.
Barack Obama is not “most candidates.”
The Chosen One instead has a (dirty) laundry list of things to worry about, and I’m not talking about his “Great Pumpkin” infomercial from last night. Some are relatively new. Some, like Christopher Lee in a Hammer Films Dracula flick, just keep rising again from the grave:
- Joe the Plumber – this is the big one…the one that, if he loses, is the reason. Joe exposed Obama for what he is – a socialist who wants to redistribute the wealth of the well-off to those who don’t pay taxes (but can still vote Democrat).
- Rashid Khalidi – a PLO mouthpiece, Obama has a connection to him, the extent of which is being hidden by:
- The Los Angeles Times – the media’s in the tank for the Big ‘O,’ but nobody’s been as brazen about it as the lap dogs at the L.A. Times. They were quick to publish a video tape from a so-called “anonymous source” regarding Gov. Schwarzenegger because of the “people’s right to know.” Funny, that same logic doesn’t apply to Obama and the tape of him at the dinner (with Bill Ayers) honoring Khalidi.
- Biden’s Florida TV Snub – just when it looked to everybody as if all the non-Fox News media was in the tank for the Dems, along comes a Florida TV station that has the unmitigated gall and audacity (sans hope) to ask VP candidate Biden if Obama’s tax plans aren’t just the teeniest bit socialist, going so far as to compare his philosophy with that of Karl Marx. Biden, having none of the flair for dialog of any of the Marxes (Karl, Groucho, et all) beat a hasty retreat. The campaign blackballed the station and the reporter for the duration of the campaign.
- ACORN – this one just gets seamier and seamier. Today, a former ACORN volunteeer exposed the entire sleezy system, where ACORN is more or less an interchangeable part of the Obama campaign.
- Election Financing Laws – Gotta love a guy who figures out how to get two-thirds of the haul from his September fundraising from prepaid credit cards with account names like “Adolf Hitler.” This one’s gonna come back to bite him, no matter what happens in the election.
- Bill Ayers – Live with the lame and you limp. Lay down with dogs, get up with fleas. If you want to take the measure of a man, look at who he counts as friends. Pick your aphorism. They all apply. You’d think any sane candidate would distance himself from someone who said “I wish we’d done more” in regards to his own bombing of the Pentagon. Oh, yeah, and Ayers said that in the NY Times on 9/11/2001.
- Reverend Jeremiah Wright – This bombastic bozo just can’t keep his mouth shut. That’s bad enough, with his spewing hate of all things White. But Obama claims he attended church regularly for years and never happened to catch one of Wrights “I hate America” sermons. That’s not just unlikely. That’s a lie.
- Tony Rezko – It must be nice when you can “buy” a piece of expensive property at a fraction of it’s value from a now-convicted felon, and never get touched. Of course, it helps if you’re a part of the corrupt Democrat Chicago political machine (Give Richie Daley our regards).
- Franklin Raines – People are just now figuring out how deep Obama’s and his cronies ties are to Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the rest of the mortgage meltdown. Didn’t help to have Raines on board as his big financial advisor.
- Taxes and Math – Obama’s numbers just don’t add up – and everyone knows it. What is “rich,” Barry? $250K? $200K? $49K? Hows about you and Biden get your stories straight. You gotta wonder why he keeps on, even though the latest polls now show a majority of people think McCain is a better man for the job of fixing the economy.
- Seal the Deal – Conditions are ideal for a Democrat sweep. The war’s unpopular. The economy’s tanked. The sitting President is unpopular. The Dems have raised two or three times the war chest that the GOP has. What could go wrong? By all rights, Obama should be 20 or 30 points out in front. Why can’t he seal the deal? I think it’s because he’s an empty suit – or as we say here in Texas, “all hat and no cattle.” Get past the true-believers and the KoolAid-drinking leftwingnuts, people just can’t quite bring themselves to trust Obama. He’s like that salesman you meet that comes across as really friendly, but a little too slick and sincere.
Polls seem to indicate that the race is tightening up. Polls have been known to be wrong. But the interesting thing about all this isn’t who’s ahead – it’s who will win. And I believe when push comes to shove, the Obama OctoberFest of Surprises will be enough to seal the deal…for McCain.