CHARLOTTE, N.C., Aug. 16, 2016 – The 2016 presidential race will likely go down as the most unpredictable campaign in American history. Given the two candidates and their personalities, the surprises are only beginning.
The only sure thing is that something surprising will happen. Whether it is revelations about Hillary Clinton’s emails that force the press to pay attention or some obscure comment Donald Trump makes that completely eliminates him from contention, or, more likely, some outside last -minute breaking story that completely skews the results, something is going to happen.
Call it an “October Surprise” or give it any other name you like, some cataclysmic story will break in the final days of of the election that will alter everything. Too many odd things have already taken place for such an event not to occur.
Who it will favor remains to be seen, but it is practically guaranteed that it’s going to take place.
Journalist James H. Hyde opines that it could very well come from Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. Assange has already stated loud and clear that he has enough dirt on Hillary Clinton from hacked emails to put her into a nice bright orange pantsuit.
Much as Barack Obama uses his Chinese water torture strategy by leaking bits of information he wants to get out through a “drip, drip, drip” technique that keeps the media chomping at the bit, Assange claims that he will use a similar tactic with Hillary’s emails.
So far, even though there has been some strong evidence against Clinton, neither the media nor, by extension, the American public has bothered to take much notice.
Then again, Assange has yet to release his most incriminating information. Why should he, when there are still several weeks before October arrives and the campaigns swing into their last-minute dashes for votes?
As Hyde points out, Assange has already told CNN in an Aug. 1 interview, “We have quite a lot of material (from the DNC, the Clinton campaign and the Clinton Foundation), so I think we will stagger it in different batches when we are ready to publish each batch.”
Drip, drip, drip.
Ten days later, Assange tweeted an announcement to his followers that he is offering a $20 thousand reward for information leading to a conviction for the murder of DNC staffer Seth Rich. Rich’s is one of three mysterious deaths that occurred before or during the Democratic National Convention that raised eyebrows among conspiracy theorists.
Writes Hyde, “Assange has remained steadfast in refusing to confirm or deny that Russia is his source (for Hillary’s emails). However, a hint about the true source can be traced back to July 10 at 4:30 a.m.
“That’s when Seth Rich, a DNC staffer who managed a database for the committee, was shot in the back and murdered. He still had his wallet, watch, cell phone, and credit cards on him when he was found, which appears to make his murder more likely a hit than a robbery.”
At the moment it is merely speculation, of course, along with all the other prognosticating that has gone along with this “Twilight Zone” campaign of 2016.
Certainly the Clintons will not sit still, nor will any of the “Never Trump” Republicans or the mainstream media until the last bullet is fired.
In his first inaugural speech, Franklin Roosevelt made the famous statement: “The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself.”
Therein lies the biggest problem for Hillary Clinton and her allies.
If Donald Trump were an ordinary, run-of-the-mill politician, this race would be over. But the “fear” lies in the fact that Trump isn’t beholden to anyone, and that scares the hell out of the Clintonians. The “Good Old Boys Club,” which is composed of members from both parties, is scared to death of what rabbit Trump might pull out of his hat in the next 10 or 12 weeks.
Who knows, perhaps the pressure of not knowing what Assange or Trump or anyone else might do or when, could be the undoing of Hillary Clinton.
It is going to be a long hard road for both candidates between now and early November.
Oct. 31 is Halloween. Will that be when the nightmare that faces one of these candidates becomes reality?
Or will it come in the form of some other strange occurrence from out of nowhere that surprises everyone?
Just don’t be surprised if there’s a big surprise on the horizon.
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Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award-winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe.
Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club
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