Sandy’s Politics, Ctd

Oct 29 2012 @ 4:10pm


Blake Zeff points out that Sandy will force Obama and Romney out of their campaign comfort-zones:

For two presidential campaign’s entering their final week, [Hurricane Sandy is a] rare moment where they’re no longer in control of the news “narrative” driving the race’s coverage, and must instead be forced to cope with unpredictability. For them, this means that the next few days will revolve around developments – like crisis management, how to address the nation, and the real suffering of many Americans — that they do not plan, initiate, or foresee. Compare that to a typical day on the campaign trail, where the national conversation and media coverage are instead based largely on pre-planned press conferences, news releases, interviews, and attacks — all storylines created by the campaigns. What it also means is that these next few days will provide voters unscripted moments and, perhaps, coverage of the candidates more revealing than the typical stagecraft.

Previous Dish on the political implications of Hurricane Sandy here and here.