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As I type these words, I'm in the process of contacting teachers at Delaware high schools that agreed to participate in our "Delaware High School Journalists' & Communicators' Night", which HAD been scheduled for this coming Monday evening, November 29th. Cancelled for a hurricane.

In nearly a quarter of a century of putting together student journalists' nights in Delaware, I've NEVER had to cancel for a hurricane! In fact, I don't recall cancelling for a snow storm either. Just lucked out. Until now.

Looks like our station-sponsored political debates early next week are going up in smoke as well. Considering all the work that went into scheduling those debates...

Let's all hope for the best next week. Get batteries for your portable radios.

Let's reflect on the POLITICAL impact of all this: I've already posted on how sustained power outages could impede or delay voting in some states, at worst, setting up a nightmare scenario of incomplete results and court challenges. And two states that could experience the effects of the hurricane are "swing" states": Virginia and New Hampshire. (If you think New Hampshire is too far inland to be affected... don't you remember some of the flooding in parts of inner New England not too long ago?)

We also have another potential political impact I've not seen any columnist or pundit reflect on (yet). I can't recall another time we've had a potentially catastrophic storm impacting a bunch of states so few days before a Presidential election.

Storms can test political leadership at all levels. We know that from Katrina. Heck, even with a political machine, one or two Chicago mayors lost elections because of the city's poor response to snowstorms. So Sandy could either elevate some local officials, Governors, even the President, or undermine incumbent officials at all levels.

President Obama will face an additional dilemma: How much to visit the affected areas; how much to stand aside to avoid the disruption. He'll be criticized either way. But he has to avoid a split screen on TV where he's addressing a cheering crowd in some other state, while we see scenes of the devastation along the Atlantic seaboard. Very dicey & problematic.

Politico.com now has an early look at some of the possible political consequences of a hurricane ramming the U.S. East Coast just days before the Presidential election...


Posted at 2:33pm on October 26, 2012 by Allan Loudell

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Comments on this post:

Fri, Oct 26, 2012 9:37pm
What? This coming Monday is November 29th!!!! I missed the election.... :( :( :)

Fri, Oct 26, 2012 9:39pm
... AND Thanksgiving.... Psst. Who won the Army/Navy game?

Sat, Oct 27, 2012 4:40pm
One great thing, I saw WaWa had gas for $3.43 and on Red Mill Road, the BP was selling it for $3.35....

Wow.. That goes back to May 2010! People are very upset now that they are finding Romney's friends were artificially keeping it high to throw the election.....

Should be GREAT news for Obama... $3.35 a gallon?... It's so hard not to be ecstatic about great news like that...
Needless to say, WaWa was packed like it was 1974, coupling record low prices with hurricane flags a flying....

And Obama lowered the gas prices all by himself... Definitely the best president ever...

Mon, Oct 29, 2012 2:39am
Kavips: $3.35 per gallon is still way too high. When Obama took office, it was between $1.75 and $2.00. Obama's energy and other policies will destroy America if he's given four more years.

Mon, Oct 29, 2012 2:41am
Hey everybody! Saturday I went to the Cecil County government center and "early voted". I had an incredible amount of company. I don't think Maryland will have hardly anybody at the polls on November 6th because it looks like most everybody voted Saturday!

Oh by the way, I voted Republican, Republican, Republican, and Republican. And did I mention Republican?

I also voted against gay marriage and expanded casino gambling. Guess that makes me a bigot, right?

Mon, Oct 29, 2012 2:44am
Kavips: Obama raised the gas prices all by himself before he lowered them. Kinda like John Kerry voted against the $87 billion before he voted against it.

What a bunch of sheisters those Democrats are!

Mon, Oct 29, 2012 2:46am
Correction: Kerry voted FOR the $87 billion before he voted against it. What a flip-flopper!

Mon, Oct 29, 2012 11:52am
:) Oh, so that's why Maryland elections are a lot closer than they should be... Mr. Pizza votes 5 times.

And,... if anyone remembers exactly why.. the gas prices were so low, If I were a Republican I'd kinda steer conversations away from that topic. The reason they were so low then, is extremely embarrassing for the Republican Party...

Mon, Oct 29, 2012 1:54pm
kavips, you are embarrassing yourself on the gas prices topic.

You are also spreading misinformation about Jeep production in China...attached below is info confirming what R.Money said is actually true:


Mon, Oct 29, 2012 7:46pm
Kavips: I remember why gas prices were so low. It was because President Bush announced that we were going to expand oil drilling. World oil prices dropped overnight.

Then, soon as your boy Obama took office, he cancelled those plans and stopped a lot of the drilling that was going on.

So you, Mr. Democrat, are the one that should be embarrassed.

Mr. Pizza will not be able to vote 5 times. Our computerized voting system in Maryland is alive and well and quite functional, thank you.

Wed, Oct 31, 2012 9:02am
mrpizza: it seems to me another prez did the exact same thing GW Bush did with the exact same result of lower oil/gas prices...Ronald Reagan!
Drill baby drill...on fed lands too and we are soon on the way to recovery. I will add that those drilling must be held accountable for ANY spills or environmental impact and should be sued or put out of business if they have a "BP incident" due to neglect or purposely ignoring drilling safety standards!

Thu, Nov 1, 2012 11:31am
To change subject, I just wanted to say thanks to WDEL for their storm coverage overnight. It is a great service and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to all the calls. It was reassuring to know that nothing bad was happening elsewhere in New Castle County... I was able to go to bed (in the dark) at 11 and feel quite safe... Appreciate it...

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