Jim Geraghty: A Tale of Two Hurricanes

Jim Geraghty of National Review Online on the close of the election & the impact of hurricane Sandy on the outcome:

Clearly the electorate included a significant number of disappointed Obama voters who were wavering, and who were looking for an excuse to feel good about the president again, a reason that would justify a second vote. Hurricane Sandy provided that reason, just when Obama needed it.Secondly, think about Romney’s closing argument, that he could end the partisan division; as a governor who had worked with a heavily Democratic state legislature, he could end the party warfare in Washington and get things done. And just as the late deciders tuned in, here was Obama looking buddy-buddy with Chris Christie in New Jersey, the GOP governor who had given the party’s keynote address. Sandy stepped on the closing message that only Romney could heal the partisan divide, while dominating news coverage and blocking out much other news.

RELATED: Also by Geraghty: How Many 2008 McCain Voters Went Libertarian in 2012?

Considering how there was little dispute that another four years of Obama would mean another four years of government growing bigger and taking a more active role in citizens’ lives, and how no one really thought Johnson would win, it would appear that the 1.22 million Libertarian voters were content to “send a message” with their votes . . . a message that will now be almost entirely ignored in Washington.

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