It’s a highly unusual event, and meteorologists are calling it potentially a “perfect storm” with different situations lining up just right to bring a hurricane into the Northeastern United States in late October. Making it even more interesting is a surge of cold air that is also forming. It is predicted that the hurricane will make landfall around New Jersey, unleashing powerful winds, torrential rain, and impressive snow further north. Almost like a hurricane and blizzard working in tandem. Scary enough, but it’s timing may give Hurricane Sandy even more ramifications. It will hit somewhere just a week before Election Day on November 6, and experts believe Sandy packs enough of a punch that there will be significant damage as well as power outages that could very well stretch into the big day. Three states that may be heavily affected are major battlegrounds for President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. Pennsylvania and Virginia are almost certain to get some of the brunt of Sandy, and Ohio, a state that many have pointed to as a possible decider in the election, looks likely to be inundated as well.
The obvious fear is that weather conditions, people displaced from their homes, and power outages may make thousands of people have trouble registering their vote. But that is only part of the equation. It also makes the candidates plans to campaign aggressively in these states much more difficult. And there’s little point in airing television advertising if there are significant power outages all across the swing states in question.
Who does this benefit? It may seem a little callused to examine a potentially life-threatening storm from a political perspective, but in this hotly contested election year, you can bet that plenty pundits will be picking this apart. For starters, if people simply have trouble voting, neither party would really benefit. In that case, it may come down to counties instead of states. Counties in the western parts of these states may have bigger voting turnouts if the storm affects them less, making the very geography a factor. It may also be a case of which candidate’s supporters are willing to go that extra mile and even risk harm to themselves to get their vote counted. For example, if you are a Democrat who would vote for Obama but aren’t really sold on it, Hurricane Sandy may be all it takes to make you stay at home. The same is true in reverse; Romney’s flip-flopping Republican ticket has some diehards less than pleased. If they are faced with too much adversity, they may simply stay home. And of course, it could always be that it works out about even on both sides, cancelling each other out.
One thing is for sure. Hurricane Sandy may force the candidates to rest on their laurels. Both have been waiting for a final surge in these critical states running up to November 6, but they may have no choice but to hope that what they’ve already done is enough. Of course, if Sandy picked up steam and became a major Katrina-like catastrophe, Obama will be in the spotlight for how he responds. A bungled relief effort in the hours just after Sandy passes would be bad news for the President. But a positive, cohesive plan could very well help him get in the win column again.
As for Common Sense Conspiracy, our opinion is simple. Voting is a great thing for every person, but we do value lives first and foremost. If it’s too dangerous to vote, then don’t risk your life voting for one of two candidates who, as we have said many times before, most likely serve the same master. The New World Order doesn’t need your votes, and Hurricane Sandy is powerless against it.
There will be those theories circulating around about HAARP and the possibility that this unusual hurricane circumstance was custom-ordered by the government. We will dissect those theories as they come to light. Stay tuned. It might be a rough ride.