President Obama's response to Hurricane Sandy was praised by one of his harshest critics as being "wonderful," but hey, what does the guy a Congressional panel of his fellow Republicans called "clueless" for his response to Katrina think? "Why did he jump on [the hurricane] so quickly and go back to D.C. so quickly when in…Benghazi, he went to Las Vegas?" Michael "Heckuva Job" Brown told the Denver Westword. "Why was this so quick?…This is like the inverse of Benghazi." Maybe because the president was trying to avoid "a national failure, an abdication of the most solemn obligation to provide for the common welfare."

Brown is so good at this disaster mitigation stuff, his critique of the president's response came yesterday afternoon, before the storm even hit. You know, the storm, that giant FrankenBunyon "Shitcloud" that meteorologists couldn't stop crapping their pants over for days beforehand? It's sort of like a terrorist attack on an American embassy in Libya, if you squint really hard. (Also, if you squint really hard, Hurricane Frances did $31 million worth of damage to Miami-Dade County, and Michael Brown is a competent resource to pull quotes from on emergency preparedness.)

But even Brown isn't sharp enough to catch what's really happening here. No, that distinction goes to Rush Limbaugh, who said today, "Obama is taking his time turning the power back on after Hurricane Sandy in order to keep Romney's ads off the air." Just look no further than downtown Manhattan, where there are presumably three or four undecided voters without power who will slip through Romney's fingers, costing him a decisive win in New York State. Hey Darrell Issa: can you find out who deleted the photo of Obama manically laughing as his finger teases a "NEW YORK ELECTRICAL POWER SWITCH" from Pete Souza's Flickr feed?

[ThinkProgress / The Atlantic Wire]