Sunday, October 28, 2012

I'm seeing a lot of discussion of the possible impact of Hurricane Sandy on voter turn-out. I have yet to hear any comment on the potential impact on voter preferences of the experience of Sandy. As I see it, there are two ways this could help the Obama campaign:  

1) Pushing climate change and environmental issues higher on voters' priority lists and/or pushing voters off the climate change fence onto the side of science.

2) Reminding people that, when times get tough, they don't actually want small government, they want a competent FEMA and an actively engaged president. Obama's meeting with FEMA, DOE, etc. and his statement today was well calibrated to emphasize that message.

 I can't think of any ways this could play into the Romney message, but I might be missing something.


  1. Well, they'll probably do something with this like they did with Benghazi: claim it's a disaster and it's all Obama's fault, and that Obama's failed when someone breaks a nail.

    1. They've tried blaming him for the weather before, so it wouldn't be the first time. Of course, they also believe that the weather reflects the will of God. If the storm helps Obama win, do they have to admit that God is an Obama voter?