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Hurricane Sandy Versus the Election

Was Hurricane Sandy a Political Plot?

By Daniel Riney

For the second straight year, a hurricane slams into the Northeast and some of us were actually happy that our power was cut and we could finally stop watching the incessant political campaigning commercials. What a convenient time for a hurricane. Many people argue that the government was behind the storm. I found a quote saying:  In 1996, during a Department of Defense news briefing, Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen said governments can “alter the climate, set off earthquakes, volcanoes remotely through the use of electromagnetic waves.”

Whether or not you believe in this version of the Sandy story, one cannot argue that the storm might have an influence on undecided voter’s decisions come early November. Turmoil first breeds crisis but then ends up bringing people together. Could this storm put one candidate over the hump and into office? Obama could take advantage of this hurricane and swiftly take care of those in danger and say the right things. However, this could also end up hurting Obama if he does not live up to the public’s standards. Obama certainly would have access to the weather controlling abilities that William Cohen referred to.

One could even argue that Mitt Romney is behind the hurricane, the reason being to create a power outage in New York City and push the election back far enough for him to create a new campaign strategy. Mitt Romney has money, why wouldn’t he be able to control the weather?

Oh yeah! Isn’t the world supposed to end in 2012? Maybe this is the first step!

Or we have another explanation. Maybe it was just weather. Maybe Mother Nature simply felt it was time for a hurricane in the Northeast and that’s it.

No matter what you believe, the way the President handles this disaster could indeed decide how you will vote on Election Day. The incumbent might be able to take advantage of the disaster and exploit the President’s shortcomings. Sometimes it all comes back to the forces of nature.

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