Politics briefly set aside

November 2, 2012 

Both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have known for months that the female vote could likely sway this upcoming presidential election.

Little did they know it would be someone named Sandy.

The super-storm that surely lived up to her name slammed the East Coast this week with no regard for anyone or anything in its path.

The subways flooded. Millions were thrown into darkness. Our financial institution went silent.

And, strangely, politics took a back seat with the big election just one week away.

We got to see firsthand why so many moderates and Republicans were pining for Gov. Chris Christie to jump into the presidential race.

Of course, if he had, things would really have been thrown into a blender had Sandy hit while he was running for the most powerful office in the world.

As it turns out, Christie said “no thanks” and kept doing his job in New Jersey. And now we see how things can turn out for the best.

Christie is the right man to handle such a disaster. His praise of President Obama came with some extremely hesitation by some in his party.

To no surprise that anyone following politics, Christie is powerful in his words, saying this is no time for partisan politics. If Obama and our government deserve kudos on their response he’ll give it. When they need criticizing, we know Christie will do that too.

Amidst a weather crisis of epic proportions, the last thing in the world Gov. Christie is worried about is the silly partisanship of an election. The absolute last thing.

Christie has a monumental job ahead of him and he is going to need the help of Washington, D.C. and his neighbors to get it done.

Sandy hit his state in a far worse way then they had predicted and Christie needed to, and has, show his leadership in making some short- and long-term decisions.

Right or wrong, this storm may ultimately help Obama’s chances at re-election. It’s not something he has suggested, or any Democrat, or certainly any Republican. It’s just the nature of ebbs and tides in politics and public perception.

Christie has lauded the president and the response. Obama has been on the ground early. It could help him next week.

We need to set aside all the comparisons to Hurricane Katrina and all the nasty politics and call this what it is – two guys on polar opposite ends of the political spectrum working together during a disaster.

This is the cooperation we should be celebrating.

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