"It profits me but little that a vigilant authority always protects the tranquillity of my pleasures and constantly averts all dangers from my path, without my care or concern, if this same authority is the absolute master of my liberty and my life."

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Some Thoughts on Hurricane Sandy's Political Impact

Many conservatives seem worried that the political impact of Hurricane Sandy will help the President.   He will seem "Presidential" in a crisis, etc.   They are angry that Chris Christie seems to be lauding the President's handling of the hurricane, which plays into the Democrats' hands with a Bush-Katrina vs. Obama-Sandy comparison.

Well, maybe.  But let's remember that it's still early.   The hurricane was two days ago.   The cleanup is ongoing.   Over the next few days you may see a lot of stories with headlines that look like this:

State troopers deployed as tensions boil at gas stations in Sandy's wake

Or this:

New Yorkers in fuel scramble as storm-hit pumps dry up

I'm just saying.   This could play out in a number of different ways.   If people start connecting Obama's energy policies and gas prices and the lack of gasoline in NY and NJ after the hurricane and (possibly) riots and violence surrounding the latter.... well, that wouldn't play into the Obama as the "steady leader" in a crisis narrative, now, would it?

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