Go Along to Get Along
Putting Politics Aside During a Crisis
Like any good leader worth his salt, you put aside political differences during a crisis. Although I may not totally agree with Gov. Chris Christie's politics, I do commend him for his putting partisan politics aside during this crisis. He and President Obama did what the people who elected them to do in a time of crisis, drop all of the BS and rhetoric and get to work on finding a solution to that particular crisis. It's not like they'll be new BFF's but I imagine Governor Christie gained a new found respect for the president in light of this situation.
That's not to say that Gov. Christie will be out there on the stump, making speeches for President Obama anytime soon. But I do believe that he'll continue to be just as vocal in opposition to President Obama if it's a policy that he doesn't agree with, but he'll be a tad more tolerable to some of the President's policies or proposals out of personal respect for him. It would be a gross miscalculation to think that Gov. Christie would automatically show support for President Obama.
But the truth is that Hurricane Sandy is just a political gift for President Obama & Gov. Christie to showcase that they've got the leadership skills to do their jobs when needed, despite partisan politics. Although Gov. Christie and President Obama know that it looks like they're pandering to the untrained eye and taking advantage of a natural disaster. But both are skilled politicians and know that doing nothing wasn't an option. What hurts Mitt Romney most is the fact that Gov. Christie praised President Obama for being on the ball, by getting rid of any potential bureaucratic red tape to get FEMA to hit the ground running helping those effected by this natural disaster.
When Governor Christie said he's not the least bit concerned about presidential politics after the hurricane tore New Jersey a new one, he's glad that President Obama & FEMA are on the job and taking care of business. President Obama also made the same pledge to surrounding states like NY, MD, and PA. This current crisis doesn't help Mitt Romney in either case because he's like a Monday morning quarterback (hater), talking smack about how he play in a game that took place yesterday. It's all irrelevant until he actually faces a gametime situation. If the voting public has anything to say about it, his gametime situation may not come this election cycle.
It is quite possible that all of the lies, falsehoods, half-truths or whatever your campaign chooses to call them has finally fallen on deaf ears. With the exception of other plutocrats looking to game the system to their own benefit, at the expense of others. I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if Romney loses in a Reaganesque fashioned landslide, by even wider margins than McCain got beat in 2008. Like Forest Gump, "that's all I have to say about that!"