ELECTION CAMPAIGNS RESUME FOLLOWING HURRICANE SANDY AND HURRICANE CHRISTIE INTERRUPTIONS
November 1 2012
Washington, D.C. – It’s been a long and grueling campaign for everyone involved in the election this year, as it is every four years, and all of that, pass or fail, will come to a head next Tuesday, only a few days from now, with one side claiming victory and the other slipping away for another four years.
Though there are many dynamics to effective politics in the United States, which boasts a system as complex as its populace, few would argue that the big job, the Presidency, is the key to it all and no matter what type of consolation the losers try to take, not gaining that job is a major loss.
In five days one side will be a winner and one will be a loser in a race that even a month ago didn’t really seem like it was going to be a race at all. Things have come down to the wire for both candidates and now, following the massive hurricane that swept along the East Coast, both have hit the trail again, glad to be free of the distraction of both Hurricane Sandy and Hurricane Christie, both of whom have dramatically changed the complexion of the election.
“What was Mitt Romney’s closing argument? I can work across the aisle. This President has a four year record of failure, doesn’t know how to work with the other side. The symbolism of, with Chris Christie, working across the aisle, getting things done, it goes right to the heart of how Mitt Romney wanted to close this election,” said Mark Halperin on MSNBC.
Indeed, the buddying between Obama and Christie has become the major political statement of the last few days, despite it clearly not being about politics.
Christie, of course, is Governor of New Jersey which was ravaged by Sandy and is a prominent and popular Republican.
“This embracing of Obama by Christie, which was actually totally sensible and reasonable, could well be the thing that turns the election over to the President. It was a close race already and all it needed was a little nudge one way or the other and the President, just by virtue of being the President, certainly got a nudge from the Hurricane response but probably a much larger one, obviously, from Christie’s support,” said Scrape TV Political analyst Gabriel Kinsey. “I’m sure that it will push a lot of people over to Obama’s side as they realize that he isn’t so bad after all, especially if a big Republican like Christie can throw his hefty weight behind him.”
Christie has not commented on Obama’s electability since the hurricane hit, just his aid in the crisis.
“Obviously Romney didn’t want that and I’m sure he’s fuming, perhaps not at Christie who was just being Christie but at the whole situation. I mean he has tried to be President for a long time, his Dad tried, and this is really his last chance and now it has to be undone by a stupid hurricane, that has to suck,” continued Kinsey. “Sure it sucks that all these people died and their lives have been ruined but what sucks even more for him is how good the President has looked in all of this. I’m sure Romney is really cursing this storm, perhaps even more than the people who are suffering through it and Christie isn’t helping one bit.”
That chatter came from Christie despite Romney collecting canned food at a rally and sending it right to New Jersey, and everyone knows Chris Christie loves canned food.
Edward Bastil, Political Correspondent