Four Divisive Ways Sandy Is About To Get Politicized

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    Four Divisive Ways Sandy Is About To Get Politicized

    11/2/12
    James Poulos

    Should Sandy be politicized?

    I’ve got news for you: we’re already there.


    And it’s no surprise, as Jonathan Chait points out: “Disasters are inherently political, because government is political, and preventing and responding to disasters is a primary role of the state.” Chait contends that Republicans can’t wall themselves off from “the consequences of their policies,” and that Democrats are “right” to politicize disaster response. I’d caution that Dems really don’t want to give the GOP a second look at elevating the federal emergency response bureaucracy to the top tier of the national security state pantheon.

    More broadly, however, Chait follows convention in assuming that when we talk about the politicization of events and issues, what we’re talking about is how the two major parties will politicize them. Perhaps more interesting than how Obama and Romney will spin Sandy, however, are the ways in which American voters will make political sense of the storm. Here are five:

    1. Run, Don’t Walk From Obama.
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    2. Rally ‘Round POTUS.
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    3. Cynicism Wins.
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    4. Waterlogged.
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    Put these four possibilities together, and what do you get? Weak Obama voters switching over to Romney. Weak Romney voters switching back to Obama. Strong voters in both parties more sure of themselves than ever. And weary, frustrated voters giving in to third-party escapes — or the ultimate escape of not voting altogether. Those are all the fixings for a close election, measured by percent of the popular vote. But they’re also the ingredients of a not-so-surprising-in-hindsight electoral college blowout. In that sense, Sandy’s political impact might be fittingly disastrous — a lopsided victory split right down the middle. Whoever wins in November will have the task of cleaning up that mess.

    Four Divisive Ways Sandy Is About To Get Politicized - Forbes
     
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    Could the East Coast get hit by another punch Election Day?...
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    Round 2? Forecasters predict nor'easter may hit East Coast election day
    November 01, 2012 WASHINGTON – Another messy -- and wintry -- storm may cause post-Election Day problems for an already weather-weary East Coast, forecasters say.
     
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    Could be waltky...
     

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