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Hurricane Sandy's Impact on Election?

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    It's obviously going to be really bad for everyone. But additionally, could have a huge impact on the election. Which makes me wonder what would have happened if this storm arrived next week? That's a worst case election scenario like in 2000.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/election-2012/wp/2012/10/26/how-hurricane-s...

    This week it could hurt Democrats by hindering early voting. Which really makes you wonder about Republican efforts to limit early voting. It seems to me the "conservative" policy is to have a diverse voting system with ample early voting and mail in ballots for many obvious reasons including for when terrible situations like this may arise.
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    Mother Jones has also has an article today: How Hurricane Sandy Could Swing the Election

    Similar to the WP article, people hold politicians accountable for bad weather events, especially if there is any suffering in the aftermath. President Obama will make himself look presidential and Romney will criticize him for a lack of preparedness and response, no matter how successful...would have, could have, should have....blah, blah, blah.

    The bigger concern is that in places like Philadelphia, the Secretary of State will use it as an excuse to minimize early voting, especially in minority neighborhoods. Hey if the power goes out you can't vote...tough luck.



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    Maybe they should just run the election as usual, EXCEPT for the Eastern seaboard states north of Georgia, and hold the election for those states one week later, while requiring all those other states to withhold their voting results until the polls have closed for the Eastern-most states one week later. That would surely be fair and even $ saving if something were to go wrong in those Eastern states, should they be allowed to vote on November 6th. Just a suggestion, but how could anyone object?
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    michaels39301 Wrote: Maybe they should just run the election as usual, EXCEPT for the Eastern seaboard states north of Georgia, and hold the election for those states one week later, while requiring all those other states to withhold their voting results until the polls have closed for the Eastern-most states one week later. That would surely be fair and even $ saving if something were to go wrong in those Eastern states, should they be allowed to vote on November 6th. Just a suggestion, but how could anyone object?


    How could anyone object ? The Republicans would object with every dollar in the Koch brother's bank account. We're talking about extending the voting in blue states. It would be worth a try, but the opposition would be terrific.
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    People always ask, “What’s the difference between the two candidates?” here is one of them:

    Colbert Report Yesterday – where he points out and I am quoting:

    Out of sensitivity yesterday (meaning the 30th) Mitt Romney was forced to suspend his campaign. He scrapped his victory rally in Kettering, Ohio and instead appeared at a COMPLETELY different… the SAME spot (Kettering, Ohio) with the same people and called it a Storm Relief rally which is so comforting for ALL OF THOSE living on Ohio’s HARD hit Atlantic coast. Now at the Storm Relief NOT CAMPAIGN EVENT Mitt “… aired a biographical video that was part of the Republican National Convention…” as the press badges read, “Romney/Ryan Victory Rally, October 30, 2012, Dayton, Ohio. But Mitt was clearly there for the Canned Goods, Mitt says, “we’re gonna box these things up in just a minute put em on some trucks and then were gonna send them into ah ah, “I think its New Jersey?” Colbert, “Boy, that really warms my ah ah I think it’s my heart, and folks it’s not just the hurricane that’s hurting Romney here he has to deal with another threat that can be seen from space Chris Christy as I said earlier Chris Christy has done a great job but he is so… interested in addressing the needs of his constituents that he has lost site of what is really important… and he shows Christy on Fox news saying, “If you think right now I give a dam about presidential politics then you don’t know me. I spoke with the President three times yesterday and he called me the last night asking me what he could do, he has been incredibly supportive and helpful to our State and not once did he bring up the election. “
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    Elephant, Have you thought that if Obama wins Chistie can run for President ( shudder) in 4 years.....but he won't be able to is Romney wins.
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    No one ever accused Christy of being a dummy ! But, I'lll take his endorsement of Obama now and deal with him in four more years!
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    As to the subject of this thread, The impact on the election so far is a positive for President Obama. As terrible as this disaster was and is, it diverts attention away from the Libyan mess, and allows the nation to see the president being presidential. And lets give Christie credit for being honest instead of playing politics.
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    After watching the news tonight, and the impatience of some of the people on the East Coast, I can see this changing the President's momentum really fast. I really think it would be better if he stopped the campaign stops in the swing states and stayed visible managing the Sandy crisis. Even though the government is doing all it can for the crisis, that won't stop the press from showing juicy interviews of desperate people complaining about the perceived lack of response. I'm getting very worried now....Mr. President, please reconsider these campaign stops...
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    I'm a firm believer in keeping religion separate from politics, and my post of September 12 expanded on that idea .. I haven't read Robert Boston's book yet, but will try to get to it eventually ..

    http://tohell-andback.blogspot.com/2012/09/one-nation-under-god_12.html

    I don't think that God has anything at all to do with our Presidential election, and yet ....

    the week that the Republican convention was held in Tampa, Tropical Storm Isaac forced cancellation of some of
    the RNC programs .. the keynote speaker for the convention was Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey, who was
    critical of the Obama administration ..

    the state that bore the brunt of Hurricane Sandy(which is now the largest Atlantic tropical storm in recorded history) a few days ago was ....

    New Jersey ..

    If I were a "religious right" kind of guy, I'd say that Tropical Storm Isaac was God's way of showing the Republicans that
    He was mad at them ..

    and ..

    He allowed Hurricane Sandy to happen so that Governor Christie is now very much on Obama's side, and it nudged Mayor Bloomberg from being
    neutral to officially endorsing Obama

    however, the REAL religious right had THIS to say about the storm:

    1 - Pennsylvania Pastor John McTernan (who lives in the direct path of Sandy) said that America's support for homosexuals and marriage equality is the reason for the "weather wallop"

    http://http://www.thegavoice.com/today-in-gay-atlanta/blog/faith/5403-in-3-2-1-christian-preacher-blames-hurricane-sandy-on-the-gays

    2 - World Net Daily claims that the storm was caused by America's attempt to divide Israel

    3 - the government used HAARP (High Frequency Auroral Research Program) to manipulate the weather so that Obama
    would look like a strong leader in the face of a major storm

    4 - Cam Edwards, a spokesman for the NRA, claims that the Obama administration plans to use the storm as an excuse to take away our guns

    5- the Department of Labor plans to use the storm as an excuse to delay the jobs report

    http://http://www.salon.com/2012/10/31/sandys_dumbest_most_hilarious_conspiracy_theories/

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    A decent argument can be made that the storm had everything to do with global warming, but none of the excuses and reasons listed above had anything to do with it. Science-yes. Religion-no. Politics-no. Some people will believe what they want and they'll never change.