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Discussion: (9 comments)

  1. The calculus of the storm’s impact will be interesting. The states that will be affected are either hopelessly in Obama’s camp (New York, Vermont, Connecticut, New Jersey, Maryland Delaware, Rhode Island, Massachusetts), or mostly in his camp (Pennsylvania, New Hampshire), or dead heats (Virginia, Ohio). How might these voters react? If the damage severe enough to impact voting next week, will Obama somehow seek to delay voting (I know it’s state by state and therefore a governor’s call, but Obama’s bully pulpit may especially resonate in blue states)? Interesting times…

  2. Unless the election is a landslide for Romney, the Dems will argue that Sandy disenfranchised poor and minority voters. It could be worse than the Florida recount.

  3. Big Truck Jo

    This hurricane analysis blows! Everyone knows it’s a wash.
    Ok, I’ll stop now.

  4. MacDaddyWatch

    Obama’s constituents and base are America’s serial slackers who frequently don’t always show up to work. They are America’s lazy, detached, non-achievers. The storm will be their perfect excuse to stay home, buy a few extra bottles of Jack Daniels or case of Colt-45, get stinking drunk and tune-out. They are America’s detached, uninterested, clueless, habitual no-shows.

    So with their turnout out likely to shrink, this is great news for Romney.

    1. On the other hand, Romney and Republicans have a lot more cash for ads than the profligate Dems. With the hurricane forcing people to stay at home, Romney’s television ads might gain much wider an audience.

  5. The contrasts presented here are amazingly true. But I think anything that leaks the pockets of Americans certainly favour Mitt Romney

  6. Bad weather is a net positive for Mitt Romney. The Republican base is very highly motivated to vote against Barack Obama. Many already did in early voting. They are strongest in the outer suburbs and rural areas where people are also more self-reliant. I would expect people in these Republican leaning areas to get out their chain saws and trucks and work together to clear debris and make repairs. These resourceful people will also figure out a way to hold and election and vote. Meanwhile, Democrats in the cities will complain loudly about how slowly the government responds to their needs.

  7. I don’t know if it will work. But Romney has always been a pretty epically helpful guy, right? He should join his church group for a full day of clean-up efforts in the stricken areas. He has done it before. It will show his character as opposed to a quick visit which might seem opportunistic. I think it would show people something about him but at a real sacrifice for him.

  8. hey it would be really cool if states like Ny, bec of low turnout from the storm, end up in romneys column! stranger things have happened! i live in brooklyn, ny and i know no matter what happens im going nov 6 to vote for mitt romney and there are prop people like me… its a long shot but who knows? right now im lucky i have power bec there are power lines down all over my area….

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