No matter how President Obama handles the weather/political situation, he is damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t.
That said, we have seen for four years that the president much prefers golfing, partying with celebrities and giving speeches to working or making decisions. Were it not for the
As Sandy bears down on the densely populated east coast, Obama can do little but sit tight be presidential, pacing the floor and chomping at the bit to be out on the campaign trail.
The “cool one” is cooling his heels, and methinks he doth not like it one bit.
The wind, rain and cold should all be over by Wednesday, but the damage will remain and the clean-up will just be starting. No one knows what the extent of the damage will be, how large an area will be affected or how long it will take to return to some semblance of normalcy.
It is entirely possible that there will be enough post-Sandy destruction to have an impact on the election via voters being too busy cleaning up to stand in line for the voting booths.
Were it not been for the untimely foreign policy muck-up in
So the president is stuck in
Mitt Romney, on the other hand, is under no obligation to cease campaigning, but his campaign would be best served if he tones down the rhetoric temporarily as the nation braces for the storm.
Regardless of his decision, Romney has the advantage of not being in the White House and, therefore, does not have the same liability as the president to appear in control of a situation that is entirely out of his control entirely.
It will be interesting to see whether Romney is able to form a political tactic that can make him more presidential than the president. Either way, both candidates face a delicate juggling task of being genuinely concerned about the fate of the country without appearing to respond for political gain.
The political gods are playing a cruel, fascinating games with the American psyche. For the moment the concern for about a third of the country is simply dealing with the storm. An election is not a priority.
It will be the aftermath of
For now it looks like a major disadvantage for Obama, particularly if people are too busy cleaning up to vote, but the winds of change could ultimately turn it to an advantage just days before the most critical election in decades.
Peabod is Bob Taylor, owner of Taylored Media Services in
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