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  •  I sure hope so: (21+ / 0-)

    This is a huge opportunity to shed light upon the differences between the President and Romney all along.  Romney has just been able to hide more effectively than he should have been.

    Remember that Romney has refused to talk to reporters for the rest of the campaign, all that can be shown is the tired stump speach.

    Obama on the other hand, is able to demonstrate what he does best, calm and cool leadership.

    One would think there couldn't be a better scenario for the President.  I am a little worried about GOTV for the non-rich democrat voters.  It is substantially easier to go vote when your gated community is cleared and your polling spot has power, believe me, many poorer areas will be lagging behind the rich areas in terms of returning normalcy.

    Blessed are the peacemakers, the poor, the meek and the sick. Message to Repug Fundies: "DO you really wonder "what would Jesus do?" I didn't think so.

    by 4CasandChlo on Tue Oct 30, 2012 at 07:53:20 PM PDT

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    •  Not necessarily a worry (14+ / 0-)

      At least here in the Boston area, the middle class and poor live in or near the city, and the city is pretty quick about restoring power, getting the roads fixed up, etc.  All the rich people out here have moved way out to their McMansion bedroom communities.  They hate paying taxes, so their little towns have no amenities like sidewalks or streetlamps, they are heavily forested, and last year's storm had some of them impassable and out of power for a couple weeks.  Us in the 99% did just fine, it was the 1% who got hammered.

    •  I am really interested to know (3+ / 0-)
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      what the Obama campaign's contingency plan is for those in the states affected by the storm. I know, I know we shouldn't be talking about this because people have lost so much. However, we have to get Obama elected so that the next time this happens, we don't have a president who just axed FEMA. So, what's the campaign's plan?

      "At stake are not just the details of policy, but fundamental principles of social justice and the character of our country." ~Sen. Ted Kennedy

      by Wendy in FL on Tue Oct 30, 2012 at 08:32:44 PM PDT

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    •  If I am not mistaken, (1+ / 0-)
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      the worst-hit states are pretty reliably blue states anyway, aren't they?  New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts & Connecticut?  So strictly from an election perspective, is it going to be a problem for the good guys, or are we in pretty good shape?

      •  Down ballot races (1+ / 0-)
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        May be affected. In NY the state senate is in play. Need as many votes as possible.

      •  What I've read (3+ / 0-)

        is that he is still in good shape with the electoral college. He will win those states. But he may lose the popular vote. That doesn't count for anything but bragging rights. It would be helpful to be able to say your were re-elected with a popular vote, but as long as he gets re-elected, it's a good thing. The storm circumstances should tamp any trash talk about the popular vote.

        Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. Throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. --Mark Twain

        by Debby on Tue Oct 30, 2012 at 09:23:54 PM PDT

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      •  NJ might be hampered (5+ / 0-)

        But MA and CT didn't take a huge hit. Restoration of power is moving quickly (for example, all 47k who lost power in VT will have theirs on by Wed AM). All the states in the cone of probability planned ahead and made contracts with utilities in other states out of harm's way to have crews ready to roll. The crews helping in VT came from Canada and they & the VT crews are moving to NY or CT as they finish up. MA brought in crews from the west coast. Friends still awaiting power in MA have been told tomorrow afternoon for their area. Each state has multiple large crews working round the clock. The coordination in preparation for the storm is unprecedented.

        Right along the coast in NJ, especially where they lost a number of substations, restoration will be slow. Ditto for some parts of some neighborhoods in NYC, but most of the region will have power by Tuesday. I assume governors will implement contingency plans to make voting possible for those who are still without power by then.

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