October Surprises Turn Into Pre-Election Flops


It appears that two “big” October Surprises are looking like monster flops. Gloria Allred and Donald Trump promised big news concerning Mitt Romney and Barack Obama. Neither actually delivered.

As for the Donald’s big surprise, well, it wasn’t that big. The Daily Mail reported:

Donald Trump is to claim that he has unearthed divorce papers of Michelle Obama and the President, according to a respected financial pundit with links to the tycoon.

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It is alleged that the eccentric real estate mogul will claim that the documents show the First Lady and the President were at one point in their two decades of marriage seriously considering splitting up.

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Trump set the hare running on Monday by claiming that he was set to make an announcement on Wednesday that would be ‘bordering on gigantic’ and that it would ‘possibly’ change the Presidential race.

How that would ever change the presidential race is beyond anyone’s ability to contemplate. It seems that what Trump did put out was that Obama release all his record for a donation from Trump to the charity of Obama’s choice to the tune of $5 million. Again, we yawn. It seem Trump is good at hype, but poor on delivery.

Watch his offer below:

As for Gloria Allred’s October Surprise? Well, it was just as big a flop, if not bigger than Trumps. She was going to push for sealed testimony in the divorce proceedings between Staples’ CEO Tom Stemberg and his ex-wife, in which Mitt Romney gave a testimony about Stemberg’s role as a father to his four sons. Yeah, I know. Doesn’t look like much of a scandal……because it isn’t.

“Ms. Allred’s client feels that the public needs to know about Governor Mitt Romney’s role in this very important case. Governor Romney is running for President of the United States and this goes to a very important character issues,” an insider revealed.

Robert Jones, an attorney at the Boston law firm of Ropes & Gray, who is representing Romney in this matter told TIME in a statement,

“This is a decades-old divorce case in which Mitt Romney provided testimony as to the value of a company. He has no objection to letting the public see that testimony.”

Apparently all we would discover in this matter is that Romney gave a character witness for Stemberg. Big deal! Seriously, there is enough in Romney’s record and policies, as there are Barack Obama’s, to deal with. These October Surprises would be best suited to be labeled with the season as “tricks” instead of “treats.”

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