31 Oct '12, 12pm

Monocle: The politics of disaster

Natural disasters are supposed to be apolitical. Campaigning ceases, adverts are pared back, the daily round of polls disappears. Yet with just a few days to go until a presidential election, nothing is apolitical. Appearing presidential in a crisis could do wonders for Barack Obama, while the slightest whiff that the federal government is unable to cope will provide an opportunity for Mitt Romney. Since the moment it became clear how bad the storm could be, this has become a tricky balancing act for both campaigns. Obama’s decision to head back to the White House to oversee the emergency response was obvious – his primetime press conferences have been both impressive and watched by millions. What he loses from not holding rallies in Florida and Ohio he more than compensates for by being on everyone’s television screens looking serious. Mitt Romney, though, is in dan...

Full article: http://www.monocle.com/monocolumn/2012/10/31/the-politics...

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