Obama and Hurricane Sandy – The Election Strategy

By: Bill Hitchcock

Obama and Hurricane Sandy. Hurricane Sandy has already impacted the campaigning for Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. But is it going to affect the elections? Indications are that the ground work is already being laid to blame Hurricane Sandy on poor turnout and undesired results.

“You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.”

Obama and Hurricane Sandy – Taking advantage of a crisis

“It’s not out of the question that the hurricane – a massive and unusual storm event forecast to rip into the Atlantic coast from the Del-Mar-Va peninsula to New England before barreling west across New York State and Pennsylvania en route to the all-important swing state of Ohio – could directly affect the outcome, changing or at least postponing the results.

Maryland already has canceled early voting Monday, per Gov. Martin O’Malley’s order Sunday. Faced with power outages that could last several days, the Virginia state elections board is planning for extended early voting hours,” reports Brad Knickerbocker of the Christian Science Monitor.

Fear of what Hurricane Sandy could do to the east coast is evoking a lot of comment. But in the world of politics one must always take advantage of every opportunity that presents itself. And in the world of politics a negative is a positive.

Obama and Hurricane SandyYou never want a serious crisis to go to waste,” said Rahm Emanuel when he was Barack Obama’s chief of staff. It was after the elections of November, 2008. Emanuel was talking about the economy. Understanding that crisis and fear is part of the Obama campaign and administration strategy, Hurricane Sandy becomes nothing but an opportunity for them.

Read the following passage from the Wall Street Journal written back in November of 2008. Replace any reference to economy with Hurricane Sandy. You are reading the latest Obama campaign strategy.

“As the economic signs grow ever more grim, the opportunities for the Obama administration to drive through its agenda actually are getting better.

The thing about a crisis — and crisis doesn’t seem too strong a word for the economic mess right now — is that it creates a sense of urgency. Actions that once appeared optional suddenly seem essential. Moves that might have been made at a leisurely pace are desired instantly.

Therein lies the opportunity for President-elect Barack Obama. His plans for an activist government agenda are in many ways being given a boost by this crisis atmosphere and the nearly universal call for the government to do something fast to stimulate the economy.”

The ground is already being paved to prepare the electorate for a disaster of the elections.

“I don’t think anybody really knows,” top Obama adviser David Axelrod said on CNN’s “State of the Union” about the potential political impact of Hurricane Sandy. “Obviously, we want unfettered access to the polls because we believe that the more people come out, the better we’re going to do, and so to the extent that it makes it harder, you know, that’s a source of concern. But I don’t know how all the politics will sort out.”

USNews has a great headline. “Experts: Team Obama Should Root for Hurricane Sandy to Interrupt Election”. They report on the advantage Hurricane Sandy could offer Obama if disaster happens. The disaster of course is that Obama loses the election. Remember, “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste”

“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,” reports USNews.

Yep-Obama and Hurricane Sandy. President Barack Hussein Obama will take advantage of Hurricane Sandy. Exactly how, only time will tell. On a minimal level it will be used to help explain a loss. But if there are any real affects of this storm felt by residents on the east coast, as it is predicted then without question the Obama camp will twist and turn Hurricane Sandy in every direction to their gain. After all, as Obama’s former chief advisor once said, “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.”

Obama and Hurricane Sandy could be a historic event. But not due to storm damage but due to election damage.

Obama and Hurricane Sandy are present.