Which Is Worse—an October Surprise or a December Surprise?
While the mainstream media—desperate to prevent Donald Trump from bringing his gold lamé lifestyle anywhere near the White House—rattles on in mock astonishment about the loquacious businessman's latest gaffe, a far more significant threat to our country looms than any possible verbal miscue. According to The Daily Caller Foundation's Richard Pollock:
Multiple FBI investigations are underway involving potential corruption charges against the Clinton Foundation, according to a former senior law enforcement official.
The investigation centers on New York City where the Clinton Foundation has its main offices, according to the former official who has direct knowledge of the activities.
Prosecutorial support will come from various U.S. Attorneys Offices — a major departure from other centralized FBI investigations.
The New York-based probe is being led by Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York. Bharara’s prosecutorial aggressiveness has resulted in a large number of convictions of banks, hedge funds and Wall Street insiders.
Bharara is the attorney who recently brought down the supposedly untouchable Democratic NY Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver—a veritable Boss Tweed of modern New York politics. Evenhanded, the prosecutor also put away NY Republican Majority Leader Dean Skelos for five years on corruption charges.
Importantly, I have been told that Mr. Bharara works independently of the censorious hand of Loretta Lynch at the DOJ in DC. He is reputed to be his own man and likes to keep New York's Southern District free of Beltway interference. As for that anonymous "former senior law enforcement official," he—I also have been told—is definitely in a position to know. (This contradicts earlier reporting, by CNN and others, that the Clinton Foundation was not under investigation.)
Can we say, "Watch out, Hillary!"? Better yet, "Watch out, America!"? Be careful what you wish for at the ballot box this November. What you vote for on Election Day may not be what you are getting a month later.
In other words, which is worse—an October Surprise or a December Surprise?
Most of us would say a December Surprise, because it is too late to react, too late to change presidential course. The die is cast, as Suetonius told Caesar.
And that is what we are likely to have in this instance, a December Surprise at the very earliest. Although it is unclear when this inquiry began—first in NY and apparently later in other cites—corruption investigations take time. Many moving parts have to be put together and in the case of the Clintons, you don't have to read or see Clinton Cash (free here) to know many of those parts are global and have dollars signs with tons of zeros attached.
A more likely timetable would be a January, February or even a May or June Surprise, just far enough into a Hillary Clinton administration to create maximal confusion and maximal governmental dysfunction.
Forget ISIS. Forget whatever economic course correction is necessary to bring back the middle class.Forget solving anything from education to healthcare. All hands on deck. The blood sports begin!
Think everything's crazy now? Just wait!
I know what you're thinking. Nothing will happen. There will be no surprise at all. After all, FBI Director Comey walked up to the door of indicting Hillary Clinton for her email server scandal on national security grounds, teased us all and then walked away, leaving Hillary in the ever-protective hands of the liberal media. That's been the Clinton family history since time immemorial.
But everybody's luck runs out. Klinton Karma cannot last forever anymore than anybody's can. Unfortunately for all of us, her luck may well run out at just the wrong time, when she is already sitting in the Oval Office. Let's hope it's preempted by an October Surprise. Otherwise, time to take a much closer look at Tim Kaine.
IMMEDIATE UPDATE: Sure enough, just as I was finishing this piece, another of what we might now call “The Daily Hack” appeared, this one again from "Guccifer 2.0," a nom de hack our government keeps insisting must in actuality be a Russian government cyber espionage squad, as if, after what we had learned of Hillary's server, it would take more than your average junior high school computer geek to get into the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee server, as happened here. It yielded the cellphone numbers of all the Dems in Congress. Maybe they should ask Lindsey Graham how to handle it. In any case, "Guccifer 2.0."—whoever he, she, it, or they are—wraps up the current electoral season pretty well with this text accompanying the hack:
I wonder what happened to the true democracy, to the equal opportunities, the things we love the United States for. The big money bags are fighting for power today. They are lying constantly and don’t keep their word. The MSM are producing tons of propaganda hiding the real stuff behind it. But I do believe that people have right to know what’s going on inside the election process in fact.
On second thought, the old KGB was good at this kind of thing.
Roger L. Simon is a prize-winning novelist, Academy Award-nominated screenwriter and co-founder of PJ Media. His most recent book is I Know Best: How Moral Narcissism Is Destroying Our Republic, If It Hasn't Already. You can read an excerpt here. You can see an interview about the book with the Wall Street Journal’s Opinion Journal here. You can hear an interview about the book with Mark Levin here. You can order the book here.