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Team Obama Should Root for Hurricane Sandy to Interrupt Election

Wehrwolfen

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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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Experts: Team Obama Should Root for Hurricane Sandy to Interrupt Election - US News and World Report
 

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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...
:eusa_eh:
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
Hurricane Sandy headed north from the Caribbean _ where it left nearly 60 dead _ to threaten the eastern U.S. with sheets of rain, high winds and heavy snow as officials warned millions in coastal areas to get out of the way of the rare behemoth storm. "We're looking at impact of greater than 50 to 60 million people," said Louis Uccellini, head of environmental prediction for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Sandy was expected to meet two other powerful winter storms. Experts said it didn't matter how strong the storm was when it hit land: The rare hybrid storm that follows will cause havoc over 800 miles (1,300 kilometers) from the East Coast to the Great Lakes. "This is not a coastal threat alone," said Craig Fugate, director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. "This is a very large area."

New Jersey was set to close its casinos this weekend, New York's governor was considering shutting down the subways to avoid flooding and half a dozen states warned residents to prepare for several days of lost power. Sandy weakened briefly to a tropical storm early Saturday but was soon back up to Category 1 hurricane strength, packing 75 mph (120 kph) winds about 335 miles (539 kilometers) southeast of Charleston, South Carolina, as of 5 p.m. EDT (2100 GMT). Experts said the storm was most likely to hit the southern New Jersey coastline by late Monday or early Tuesday.

Governors from North Carolina, where heavy rain was expected Sunday, to Connecticut declared states of emergency. Delaware ordered mandatory evacuations for coastal communities by 8 p.m. Saturday. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie broke off campaigning for Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney in North Carolina Friday to return home. "I can be as cynical as anyone," the pugnacious chief executive said in a bit of understatement Saturday. "But when the storm comes, if it's as bad as they're predicting, you're going to wish you weren't as cynical as you otherwise might have been."

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I'm predicting most Obama supporters won't want to get wet without a guaranteed government subsidy.

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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rdean

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I'm predicting most Obama supporters won't want to get wet without a guaranteed government subsidy.

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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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.”

Read more:
Experts: Team Obama Should Root for Hurricane Sandy to Interrupt Election - US News and World Report

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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I'm predicting most Obama supporters won't want to get wet without a guaranteed government subsidy.

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.

:lame2::9::asshole::boohoo::fu:
 

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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.

You are the one guilty of racism here. You want Obama in office because you "want the black guy in there". JUST because he is black.
Only YOU see the color of the president's skin. Just YOU.
 
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I'm predicting most Obama supporters won't want to get wet without a guaranteed government subsidy.

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.

Video: [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWttKddn_Hw]Two Democrats on an escalator - YouTube[/ame]
 
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rdean

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I'm predicting most Obama supporters won't want to get wet without a guaranteed government subsidy.

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.

:lame2::9::asshole::boohoo::fu:

I know. It is lame. Lame that Republicans would support such people.

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

Senate Republicans block BP investigation
 
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rdean

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I'm predicting most Obama supporters won't want to get wet without a guaranteed government subsidy.

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.

Video: [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWttKddn_Hw]Two Democrats on an escalator - YouTube[/ame]

So you think blacks and women are stupid? You must be a Republican. What do Republican leaders say about their base?


Smart people try to tell you what to do. My feeling is it's better when smart people try to tell you what to do than ignorant Republicans. Wouldn't you agree?
 
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