With Hurricane Sandy ravaging the East Coast a week before the election, some of us couldn’t help but wonder what the political consequences would be. Would the president’s decisive and steady hand convince any voters that he deserved a second term? We now know of one: New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
The Republican-turned-independent announced his endorsement for the president today, citing his handling of Sandy and the need to pay attention to climate change as his reasons:
"The devastation that Hurricane Sandy brought to New York City and much of the Northeast – in lost lives, lost homes and lost business – brought the stakes of Tuesday’s presidential election into sharp relief," Bloomberg wrote. "Our climate is changing. And while the increase in extreme weather we have experienced in New York City and around the world may or may not be the result of it, the risk that it might be – given this week's devastation – should compel all elected leaders to take immediate action."
Though it took him off the campaign trail for three days—an election season lifetime—the storm may provide a key final boost for Obama. It reminds voters that he is one cool cat under pressure, that the environment gets angry when we don’t care for it, and that his predecessor bungled the relief efforts of Hurricane Katrina. With this endorsement from a key independent, one much respected in the business community, one can’t help but wonder if Obama might whisper to himself,
“Heckuca job, Sandy.”
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