President Obama has cancelled several campaign events tomorrow and instead will survey Hurricane Sandy's damage in New Jersey with Governor Chris Christie. Earlier today, Christie said he spoke with the president three times since the storm hit, called him a "great leader," and added, "The president has been all over this and he deserves great credit." Superb disaster responses aside, there is an election in seven days and the Obama campaign has to be pleased with the potential of photos of Christie and the President strolling through wreckage and hugging first responders.
Here's a former Bush I staffer talking about how Mitt Romney has to handle cans of chicken and stars with a retired NASCAR star just so, in an article with the headline, "Hurricane Sandy forces anti-politics politics." (We'll wait for you to wipe the vomit off your screen.)
“It’s a very difficult situation for the challenger to strike the right note to not look too political but to also [be] empathetic with the victims,” said Mary Kate Cary, who was a speechwriter for President George H.W. Bush. “I don’t think there are any points to be scored right now.”
And how will the precious undecided voters take all the Sandy-related interruptions of their moment in the sun?
“It’s annoying,” the official told POLITICO. “But it’s cold and rainy, which is the way it gets this time of year anyway. Maybe in the middle of the week in eastern Ohio, there may be a little more rain than normal. Everybody in Cleveland is used to this kind of crap anyway.”
Used To This Kind Of Crap Anyway: so much better than The City With Spirit.