More politicizing Hurricane Sandy

Elections can wait...
By Dean L

Yesterday I postulated that the impact of Hurricane Sandy would be used as an excuse for Obama's impending loss in the 2012 election (after the fact). I neglected to consider that liberals would try to use the storm as a time out on the election clock countdown.
WASHINGTON (AP) - One week before a close election, superstorm Sandy has confounded the presidential race, halted early voting in many areas and led some to ponder whether the election might even be postponed.

It could take days to restore electricity to more than 8 million homes and businesses that lost power when the storm pummeled the East Coast. That means it's possible power could still be out in parts of some states on Election Day next Tuesday - a major problem for precincts that rely on electronic voting machines.

But as the storm breached the coast, even some of those intimately involved in the election seemed in the dark about what options are available to cope with the storm. Asked Monday whether President Barack Obama had the power to reschedule the election, White House press secretary Jay Carney said he wasn't sure.
Not sure? The real storm is going to be a GOP tsunami on election day, and trying to postpone it for voters to 'come to their senses' and return to Obama, is an act of desperation.  A few facts - the storm has had a major impact in a relative small geographic portion of the country.  New York and New Jersey are locks for Obama already, as is most of New England.  The impact in a swing state like Ohio is not enough to justify making special considerations there.  In other words, the impact on the outcome of the election is negligible unless a lengthy delay could actually help Obama.  It's the equivalent of a do-over but before the fact.

One last consideration for liberals to ponder.  If this was 2008 and Bush were president and his press secretary Dana Perino said that she didn't know whether Bush had the power to reschedule an election you would be screaming Martial Law and bloody murder over it.

There is ZERO justification for delaying the election.  Disenfranchising voters is peanuts compared to moving the goal posts or changing the rules right before the end of the game.  That's pure manipulation.


  1. .

    "There is ZERO justification for delaying the election."


    So tell US oh mighty mouth of moronic mumblings (given that it is a possibility that electronic power may not be restored to parts of USA by election day and states (like Virginia) do have voting machines that need electricity to run), "What would _you_ have USA do?

    When President Obama is re-elected will you be cwying in your nappy about not counting votes?

    Please enlighten US.

    Ema Nymton

  2. You again?

    So your expectation is that power will be out through election day, AND that there are no contingency plans in possibly affected states for paper ballots for example. Assuming all of that is true, then there are states clearly not prepared for quadrennial elections - another issues entirely. But in that instance of complete failure on the part of election officials, on a state-by-state basis, there could be some exceptions, but to delay the entire election is absurd.

    By the time the votes are counted for many other states one or two states may not make a difference in the entire outcome. That's manageable. Even if they do matter, at least the scope will be limited.

    After Obama wins re-election I will not be crying. I will be disappointed for America because there will be an impact that will ripple through coming generations that will relegate America to also-ran status. Since I don't live in America, I can always look elsewhere for that shining city on the hill (though it doesn't really exist yet). You on the other hand, will be stuck with what you voted for 'Ema'. Eventually, you will be the one crying even though you don't see it yet.


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