Twice I've posted about the political ramifications of Hurricane Sandy. It makes sense, since this is a political blog. Trying to look at it with a dispassionate eye is at times more difficult than others though.
Of course there are political ramifications to a hurricane, whether it be so close to an election or not. Ask George W. Bush about Katrina if you need convincing. But the real impact of a hurricane is not political, it is on a personal level. People can lose family, friends and property. People can go without food, water and shelter as a result of a hurricane. Hurricane Sandy has now caused over 100 deaths. It has done considerable damage to cities like New York and disrupted life for probably millions of people.
Setting aside partisan differences in a time like this is important. It's why governor Christie in New Jersey has been so chummy with president Obama when it comes to the storm. It's not a matter of pandering or, vote buying or even sucking relief funds to his state - at least directly. It's about helping as many people as possible as quickly as possible and as effectively as possible. That's all. We should all be so focused in times of disaster and recovery.
You can visit the Red Cross website if you want to help in some way.