By Eric Zanzucchi (@ericzanzucchi)
The presidential campaign may be put on hold because there will be a steady flow of water for four days on the east coast.
When the media sensationalizes a natural disaster it’s hard for me to know how serious the situation really is. I was correct in scoffing at Hurricane Isaac (another Category 1 hurricane) two months ago. The only reason I won’t scoff at this one is the fact that the northeast is far less prepared for hurricanes so I could see Sandy being far more disruptive.
I watched Obama’s press conference this morning and he was really calm giving the audience a lot of common sense advice and updates, which leads me to believe all the doomsday scenarios are probably unrealistic. Now both candidates are forced to change their already last minute plans for the final week of the campaign. Aside from this being the biggest news story of the week that they have to react to. Complications from the weather are physically going to change where they can go.
There’s no way of knowing for sure, but my fear is that after all that’s gone on this storm will decide the 2012 presidential election. If that happens it would be a real shame. Our country does have a lot of real issues and I would hate to see our next president be chosen based on the perception of how Obama deals with a natural disaster at the last minute. That being said it’s less ridiculous than not voting for Romney because he’s sexist or Obama because he’s not really an American.