October Surprises…a Fitting End to a Strange Electoral Season.

 

 

Analysis by Reporting San Diego

Oct 31, 2016 (San Diego) The general election is a week away. We are told a slew of little Donald Trumps and Hillary Clinton look-a-likes will join ghouls and ghosts while trick o’ treating. This year is worthy of more than just Halloween horrors. It has provided its own haunting patterns and multiple October surprises.

We have learned from Donald Trump himself that he likes the ladies. Mind you, not in a nice consensual way, rather in the sexual assault context. It is a reality that there was a time powerful, rich men, could get away with it. Women did not complaint back then. You just rolled with the punches and yes, sexual assaults. We are not that far from the time women could not have credit cards to their names. Or when women really could not legally sue the boss for sexual assault. So having people not press charges in the 1980s, even 2000s was not that strange. San Diegans are familiar with this pattern due to the Filner scandal.

This though speaks to character. Like a man who straddled that era, Trump is threatening to sue. He has yet to apologize. At the same time, he brings up Bill Clinton’s sexual adventures in the White House. The tone deaf nature is fascinating since he might be guilty of exactly the same lapse of judgment, if not worst. There is this thing called a statue of limitations which might save him. Though there are rumors of rape charges taking form.

For the record, for students of elections that Access Hollywood tape was perfectly timed for when October Surprises usually emerge. It was perfectly timed to have a role in debates. It was also timed right as the first states opened early voting. Yes, it was meant to influence voters.

Like a zombie that refuses to die (again) the email scandal comes back. It is fitting that in this highly divisive race where illicit sexual activities might play a role, it comes from an investigation into Anthony Wiener, the disgraced New York Congressman and estranged husband of Hillary Clinton Aide Huma Abedin.

Reportedly. the FBI was looking into his computer for child pornography. They found a series of emails related to her work in the State Department. Abedin is claiming ignorance as to how they got there. According the to the Wall Street Journal we are taking of 650,000 individual emails.

This is the kind of news the Clinton campaign did not need a week before the general election. It reminds voters of the scandal earlier in the summer. It also reminds voters that some in her circle might be trying to hide things. It raises the trust issue once again, and brings it into sharp focus.

There are already calls for Clinton to step down. A Chicago Tribune  editorial writer (for the record, this is a very conservative editorial board) is leading the parade.

This is not just a single editorial writer at the Chicago Tribune calling for her to step down. Mind you, this is a right of center editorial writer. One of Bill Clinton’s friends is calling this potentially a constitutional crisis. David Schoen writes in The Hill:

As of now, I have no confidence that either of those questions will be answered by Election Day or that we will have full clarity on an investigation into what could be as many as 650,000 emails that found their way to Weiner and Abedin’s computer.

However, in good conscience, and as a Democrat, I am actively doubting whether I can vote for the Secretary of State. I also want to make clear that I cannot vote for Donald Trump as his world view and mine are very different.

I remain a Democrat and proud of the work I did for six years for President Bill Clinton between 1994 and 2000 and I write with extreme sadness. But I cannot in the waning days of the election make the case that Secretary Clinton should be elected.

Now for hyper-partisans on both sides… current events are starting to parallel what happened during the Nixon years. We are heading straight into quite possibly a Constitutional crisis. Mind you, it is not just Clinton, but also Trump. After all, he is facing quite possibly child rape charges.

Trump is also facing other possible issues with Trump University, and both candidates are now shadowed by the kind of ghosts and goblins that make trick or treating not fun. Rarely in the history of any nation are all viable candidates for the top leadership spot morally bankrupt and corrupt, leading to very poor choices for voters.

Suffice it to say, regardless of who the American people elect, that President-Elect will be already despised by large swaths of the population. The partisan divisions are just going to get worst, and the country will continue to approach a crisis point in government.

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