Sandy and the election
October 29, 2012 2 Comments
1) F#$%n hurricanes!! Last three hurricanes to hit US mainland… 1) Irene almost stranded me in Maine for a wedding and necessitated a $250 rental car plus 13 hour drive to avoid 3 extra days stuck in Maine. 2) Isaac canceled my first ever trip to New Orleans. 3) Sandy prevented our annual speaker, this year Tim Noah who was scheduled to come today. All those things all involved plenty of stress. Yeah, I know I was lucky to have no flooding, etc., but what are the chances someone living in Raleigh, NC should be so impacted by these last three hurricanes?!
2) My take on the political effects of Sandy. Obama’s ahead. Not by a lot, but he’d win if the election were today. 24/7 news coverage on weather is basically stall ball. Romney needs for the political narrative to change and right now the narrative is completely subverted to weather/disaster stories. Of course, Obama could have a “heckuva job, Brownie” moment, but since Democrats actually believe in good government I’m pretty confident that Obama has not appointed heads of major disaster agencies whose previous experience was running the International Arabian Horse Association. So, right now, this is just stall ball, and that’s good for Obama.