I feel the need to bring up history to prevent us from repeating horrible mistakes. With Willard Romney, mistakes of monstrous proportions are practically guaranteed. Reagan was inaugurated January 20, 1981, the same day our hostages were released from captivity in Tehran, Iran. The Iranians stormed the embassy 444 days earlier and held the Americans hostage. Coincidentally, they were released the same day Reagan was inaugurated. Coincidence? Hardly. The GOP leaves nothing to chance when they are orchestrating a power grab. They are, if anything, Machiavellian in their strategy. Just look at what Karl Rove has done. This is why we must be diligent in exposing them for their criminality and expect nothing less than the most sinister from the Republicans.
It seems William Casey, Reagan’s campaign manager, was quite busy with the Iranians prior to election day, 1980. Along with a carefully constructed campaign to smear Carter as weak combined with overblown gas shortage claims, they were able to pull off a victory that would result in employing Reaganomics, largely responsible for the demise of the middle class. Casey was a ruthless man who would stop at nothing to win. He negotiated with then president Bani-Sadr and finagled a release in exchange for weaponry from Israel. This was his October Surprise . Carter had far too much integrity to exchange human lives for guns and ammo. Reagan’s people in the GOP of course had other ideas.