Team Obama Should Root for Hurricane Sandy to Interrupt Election

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    Experts: Team Obama Should Root for Hurricane Sandy to Interrupt Election​




    Experts: Team Obama Should Root for Hurricane Sandy to Interrupt Election | Flopping Aces



    It’s come to this:

    It’s been called “snowicane” and “worse than the perfect storm,” and it could knock out power in the mid-Atlantic through Election Day.

    Hurricane Sandy hasn’t even made it past the Bahamas yet, but Sandy, or any natural disaster around Election Day, could wreak extreme havoc on the election, experts say.

    Political scientists have long studied the effects of rain and inclement weather on voter turnout and, not surprisingly, have found many people would rather stay at home than brave the weather. But more extreme storms or natural disasters that affect an entire state or region could turn a mild inconvenience into a huge mess.

    That’s because there are few federal election procedure laws, Robert Pastor, co-director of the Center for Democracy and Election Management says. Election process is generally left up to state or local governments, who Pastor says are “least capable of handling a statewide or regional disaster.”

    Most states have contingency plans in case a state of emergency is declared on Election Day. In Virginia, which could be hit hard by Sandy, Governor Bob McDonnell can postpone the election for up to 14 days, leading to all sorts of logistical issues.

    If, for instance, the election came down to a late-voting Virginia “there’d probably be an outlandish intervention of Super PAC money as well as regular campaign spending,” says John Hudak, a governance studies fellow at Brookings. “It would be quite the carnival . . . you’d have a very serious constitutional situation occurring.”

    It’d also represent a field day for lawyers. Congress has the power to formally protest Electoral College votes from states they feel are tainted, as long as one member from each house agrees to bring it to a vote. If a majority of both houses vote to reject the votes from a certain state, they are thrown out.

    “If you have a situation where [a] state has delayed its voting and that one had an impact on the outcome, we’d see a movement to reconsider those votes,” he says. For the sake of sanity, let’s hope it doesn’t happen.”

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    Wouldn't that be sort of dumb considering all the blue states in the northeast?
     
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    Only Republicans would root for such a thing. They hoped the economy was bad and millions of Americans hurting because they think it would help them get rid of the black guy.

    Unemployment benefits: not until Bush tax cuts pass, Senate GOP says - CSMonitor.com

    Even the Right Wing Christian Science Monitor wrote about how Republicans gleefully hoped to hurt millions of Americans to pass tax cuts for the wealthy.

    Eric Cantor's 'callous' disaster-aid refusal

    Republicans praised Eric Cantor on his hard line against suffering Americans.

    Remember, it was YOUR party that shouted "Let him die". What does that tell you about the type of people the Republicans are? Mitt is going to punish his base if he wins. He will punish them worse than Bush did.
     
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    Neither side wants an interruption. No one knows what effect it might have, and the political crowd really dislikes uncertainty.
     
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    I'm predicting most Obama supporters won't want to get wet without a guaranteed government subsidy.
     
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    Evacuations Launched as Sandy Closes In...
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    Super storm could impact 60 million people in US; coastal residents told to get out of the way
    Oct 27, 2012 - US Super storm threat launches mass evacuations; Residents in Delaware and New Jersey told to leave
     
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    I'm predicting that Sandy will wash a hell of a lot of crabs up on the beach. You better get over there and positiion yourself for the feast!
     
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    Mitt made a lot of his money from government subsidies. So do oil companies. But it's different. The Republican base thinks they are all "White", so it's OK.
     
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    The election should go on as scheduled. The rest of the country should not suffer because the Northeast gets a little rain and wind.
    Let them buy generators for power.
    I can just see it now....HEADLINE.... "Democrat Operatives in Northeastern States Claim Likely Democrat Were Disenfranchised By Effects of 'Fankenstorm'..Dems Want Special Election in Northeastern Blue States...
    Or.......Attorneys for Obama Campaign File Suits in 10 Northeastern States to Delay NOV 6th Vote...Say power outages and downed trees prevent voters from getting to polls, Other states must wait...
    Just wait. If the election goes as scheduled, the shit is going to hit the fan...
    Even though these people can vote early.
     
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