To be brutal, a certain amount of bad weather on election day helps conservatives in every democracy. In crude terms, car-driving conservative retirees still turn out in driving rain, when bus-taking lower-income workers just back from a night shift are more likely to give rain-soaked polls a miss.The Economist, speculating on what effect—if any—Hurricane Sandy might have on the outcome of the election. “School closures are a particular problem for low-income families or single mothers scrambling to find childcare,” the columnist adds, and this could further surpress Democratic turnout. However, there’s also the possibility that Sandy could help Obama’s chances. The theory here is that the news coverage devoted to the storm will prevent any serious change in the media narrative of the race from taking hold, and because Obama is still the favorite for reelection, this could end up “freezing the election campaign, and Mr Romney’s perceived momentum, in place.” In truth, it’s anyone’s guess as to what effect Sandy will have on the polls. Thankfully, though, the storm is expected to clear up by November 6th, so it may ultimately be a moot point. —Seth @ ShortFormBlog (via election)
Thanks again to last week’s guest editors, safely ensconced on the West Coast: Cord Jefferson and L.A. Liberty. For those of us back east, we may be off to a rocky start for the week due to Hurricane Sandy, so your election-blogging may vary.
However, we’d still like to extend the usual official welcome to this week’s guest editors. They are itinerant commentator and Nation correspondent Ari Melber, plus the voraciously productive and comprehensive newsy known as ShortFormBlog. Big hugs all round.
So yeah, this is kind of a weird week for this. But we’re still going to try our best to make it awesome. Yeah elections whoo!
Ayn Rand is one of those things that a lot of us, when we were 17 or 18 and feeling misunderstood, we’d pick up. Then, as we get older, we realize that a world in which we’re only thinking about ourselves and not thinking about anybody else, in which we’re considering the entire project of developing ourselves as more important than our relationships to other people and making sure that everybody else has opportunity – that that’s a pretty narrow vision.President Obama, in an interview with Rolling Stone, when asked about Paul Ryan’s “obsession” with Rand. source
Romney is endorsing Obama’s foreign policy. Simple as that. Amazing. You cannot believe it of course. you can believe nothing that comes out of that mouth.Andrew Sullivan (via newsweek)