Is Sandy the Real October Surprise?

And just who will be surprised?

Nobody expected the last days of the campaign to be impacted by anything but a man made October surprise – and there were many of those predicted. Donald Trump tried one on President Barack Obama last week, and that appears to have fallen flat. Attorney Gloria Allred has been hinting at one for Gov. Mitt Romney in recent days, but nobody appears to be very interested in that either.

But Hurricane Sandy, now that was a surprise that nobody was expecting.

As everybody hunkers down to withstand what is being described as “the storm of the century,” media outlets such as Bloomberg Business Week have been speculating on just how much of an impact the storm will have on the election and the two campaigns.

While obviously the most critical issue is the safety of the people in the eye of the storm, both Obama and Romney are going to have to work through it and still keep some focus on the election. While Obama is likely to get some benefit by being the president in a time of crisis, it could also give Romney an edge. He is able to spend more time other swing states while the president is sidelined with the job of being president. Voter turnout could also be an issue, but for whom?

So which candidate do you think is most likely to be impacted by what has been described as “the perfect storm.” Perfect for whom?

Brian Crawford October 30, 2012 at 05:53 PM
Obama has proven time and again that he has the leadership skills and steady hand necessary to meet any crisis. He spoke personally with each governor in the affected states over the weekend listening to the governor's concerns and offering a direct line of communication between their offices to insure they have the federal assistance they need. New Jersey governor Chris Christie of all people was singing Obama's praises loud and long yesterday. I don't know if this benefits one candidate over the other at this point in the race but it certainly highlights some very basic differences between the two. Romney is on record as being for dismantling FEMA and leaving states to their own devices when it comes to disaster management. Quite a contrast to Obama's universal concern.
Watts October 30, 2012 at 08:04 PM
Romney dodging questions yesterday on FEMA: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/30/mitt-romney-fema_n_2044213.html But here he is discussing how he wants to get rid of FEMA: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/28/mitt-romney-fema_n_2036198.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular And of course it wouldn't be a complete coverage on an issue and Romney's views, without bringing in the original flip flop of his days as Governor, when he opted out of financing this at the state level, but requested the national assistance... http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/30/mitt-romney-flooding_n_2042886.html?ref=topbar
Aaron Hunter October 31, 2012 at 05:53 PM
Obama is doing a wonderful job handling this storm. It's almost Presidential. He said himself that "We Leave Nobody Behind". So where was all that support for Ambassador Chris Stevens Sean Smith (IT Tech) in Benghazi? I suppose we will have to wait on those answers like we are waiting on Obama to allow further investigation into Fast and Furious. The administration plays fast and Americans are furious. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqrJPGmBBMA
Mary Lou October 31, 2012 at 06:25 PM
sorry- tried posting earlier with my phone and there were multiple misspellings, so now I am re-posting so hopefull I wont have those and it makes more sense:Im surprised oboma is getting any kind of accolades, for giving the state back their own money the already paid into..that's all fema does with that..hold state funds, then when an disaster happens, the prez calls it a state of disaster, so the state can receive their own Money back..allowing states to handle their own money is really just cutting out the middle Man and letting the state level care for their own people and would think could do a better job being its their people and know their residents needs, and neighborhoods better. Sorry for the botched job by phone earlier.
Good Grief Y'all November 01, 2012 at 02:52 PM
The "states . . . own people"? All 50 states are included in the UNITED States of America. A state's citizens are American citizens. Federal taxpayer money belongs to all Americans.
Mary Lou November 01, 2012 at 05:43 PM
@good grief- in speaking about FEMA and FEMA money only...each state sends to FEMA an amount of money that is to be used if disaster strikes for that state conditional on the president announcing that state is a disaster so as to release their own money back to them. As I said on the other post regarding people taking what Romney said out of context, leaving out other important info that leads to it being taken out of context, and skewing...states are better able to handle their own monies regarding a disaster as each state knows its own residents, needs, and neighborhoods better than on a federal level. You balked about mistrusting states ability to handle their own monies and thought the feds knew best. I also pointed out in Katrina about time delays and moldy trailers under FEMA as an example. And the fact that, that is what Romney was referring too, not dismanteling a program that would leave them without help during a disaster as you eluded to that was what Romney meant. Scare tactics..they're so ineffective with facts.
C.J. November 01, 2012 at 08:33 PM
Re: "Is Sandy the Real October Surprise?" I don't think so. Romney's momentum flat-lined immediately after embarrassing himself in the second debate. By the third debate, Obama was regaining lost ground and has continued to do so. Hurricane Sandy temporarily paused the election, but it didn't change the dynamics of it. If we want to designate an October surprise, then I nominate Romney's decision to lie to Ohio voters about Chrysler replacing American workers with Chinese workers. That's a self-inflicted wound that is likely to put the proverbial nail in Romney's proverbial coffin.
Good Grief Y'all November 02, 2012 at 05:29 PM
I "balked"? Are you on a committee with T.O.? Haha! FEMA assistance doesn't negate local control and decisions. Look, Mary Lou, I know you want to have the last word on this subject, but there is no "out of context" here or there. Just as in his infamous 47% video. That happened, too, and there was no "taken out of context" nonsense then either. What you've got is a case of Primary Mitt and the latest version, Hurricane Mitt. This is from the Republican primary debates, talking about Mitt: "He went on to advocate cutting the federal budget, leading Mr. King to interject 'Including disaster relief, though?' “We cannot—we cannot afford to do those things without jeopardizing the future for our kids. It is simply immoral, in my view, for us to continue to rack up larger and larger debts and pass them on to our kids.” . . . Mitt Romney's words http://takingnote.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/01/romney-on-fema-then-and-now/ Will the real Mitt Romney please stand up, please stand up, please stand up . . . (my apologies to Eminem) :D :D :D
Good Grief Y'all November 03, 2012 at 02:08 AM
Instead of fussing about FEMA, if you want to help text Redcross to 90999 to make a $10 donation. For a bigger $ amount go to www.redcross.org Every little bit helps.
Good Grief Y'all November 04, 2012 at 09:33 PM
"Mitt Romney Staged His Own "Relief Rally" By Buying $5,000 Worth of Donation Props" "The campaign decided that it would stage a photo op of Romney accepting food donations from supporters and loading up a truck with food after the event. But campaign staffers soon began to worry about the last minute nature of the call for donations, and worried that people wouldn't show up with anything. To ensure that Romney wasn't left without any donations and an empty truck, BuzzFeed reports that the campaign went out the night before the event and spent $5,000 at a local Wal-Mart. They bought up supplies like granola bars, canned food, and diapers. These items were then used as props to put on display while they waited for the real donations to show up. . . . the Red Cross didn't even want the items that Romney's campaign collected. They'd have been better served with a $5,000 donations." http://www.clevelandleader.com/node/19290
Good Grief Y'all November 04, 2012 at 09:46 PM
Wonder if Mitt's campaign staff took the food to a local shelter or back to Wally World for a refund? Maybe Mitt just let 'em keep the goods to count toward their pay. Probably choice #2. "Mitt Romney Staged His Own "Relief Rally" By Buying $5,000 Worth of Donation Props" http://www.clevelandleader.com/node/19290


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