Of course, when Mitt Romney wins the election next week, there will be much weeping and gnashing of teeth. The Democrats will blame Hurricane Sandy for the Obama loss. (Somehow, once the deed is done, campaign operatives will forget that Obama has been steadily losing ground since the first Presidential debate in Denver when Obama failed to comport himself well.) Of course, Sandy will bring new challenges to the business of election logistics. Electronic voting machines don’t operate without electricity and there may still be a shortage of that next week. And, the Blue States where Obama voters make up the majority are hardest hit by the storm. Those folks whose lives have been uprooted in the wake of this storm may find it difficult if not impossible to make their way to the polls to cast their ballots. It remains to be seen whether Republicans will be more likely than Democrats to tackle the obstacles which lie between them and the polling places – you’ll forgive the phrasing – come hell or high water.
Will there be concessions made to accommodate these voters? Not likely. Because so many states with differing election laws have been impacted, there would be no good way to solve the problem for everybody. For the sake of my democrat friends, and I do have a few, I hope that their efforts to use early and absentee voting to flood the ballot boxes got the job done before Sandy showed up. Time will tell.
I must say that I was pleased to see both candidates taking the high road yesterday and putting the situation on the ground ahead of their personal campaign plans. It’s nice to see a President looking presidential as he surveys the damage following such a cataclysmic natural disaster. (An appropriate choice, in my opinion. I would have been beyond cranky had he gone on campaigning as usual as he did following the Benghazi massacre.) I confess, I was a little surprised to see that Obama minions were not canvassing the streets replacing the Obama yard signs which were washed out to sea in the storm, but it was a happy surprise. I was also heartened to learn that Republican challenger Mitt Romney relegated his campaign bus to the transportation of disaster relief supplies and that Romney himself rolled up his sleeves to distribute bottled water and first-aid kits but his behavior was not quite so surprising. I’ve come to expect Romney to behave in leaderly ways and he rarely disappoints me.
All in all, Hurricane Sandy has been an interesting monkey wrench thrust into what was already an unpredictable election cycle. I’ll be anxiously awaiting how Sandy influences the outcome.