As Sandy pummeled the East Coast on Monday, the Twitterverse was immediately abuzz with talk of how the massive storm might affect the national election next week.
Twelve days before an election WH taking no chance that opponents could say Pres Obama not up to speed on disaster preparations.— Mark Knoller
Well timed Frankenstorm. Week before election, pols will stay home and fall all over themselves to serve us.— Larry Sabato
A few voices on Twitter sent a message of unity:
Even just days before the election, #Sandy is a reminder that political ideology is secondary to the fact that we are all Americans.— Abby Huntsman
(Others, not so much.)
Experts say Sandy probaby won’t damage the economy. At least any more than Obama already has.— Ann Coulter
Wonder if Politifact is going to fact check Obama’s claim about the oceans receding with his nomination in 2008.— Erick Erickson
Sandy cld do what GOP govs tried (and only partially succeeded) to do for two years: cut down on early voting.— Josh Marshall
Romney is doing a “storm relief” event in Ohio? Why not come to NYC and give us a hand.— Ben White
Predictably, the politicization of Sandy was met with jokes:
No valid government-issued picture ID, no rescue.— Will Wilkinson
Leaving DC ahead of Frankenstorm, the latest media attempt to divert Election 2012 from anything substantive.— nickgillespie
Could Frankenstorm wipe out enough Dem population centers to give election to Romney? Is the Almighty an early voter?— Roger Simon
This Hurricane never would’ve happened in a Romney administration.— mileskahn
Some people were confused:
So wait is this the fiscal cliff— Alex Pareene
Clearly need sleep and/or a break from the campaign. Every time I see “Frankenstorm” on my twitter feed I think it says “Fehrnstrom.”— Jonathan Cohn
Of course, Donald Trump added his two cents:
Hurricane is good luck for Obama again- he will buy the election by handing out billions of dollars.— Donald J. Trump
Not only giving out money, but Obama will be seen today standing in water and rain like he is a real President —- don’t fall for it.— Donald J. Trump
Because of the hurricane, I am extending my 5 million dollar offer for President Obama’s favorite charity until 12PM on Thursday.— Donald J. Trump
(Not everyone was a fan.)
Hey, can one of the networks send @realDonaldTrump out there to report live from the shore or a flood zone? Preferably without an umbrella?— Brad Dayspring
And then there was this:
- The Clinton campaign is trying to stop television stations from running a pro-Trump ad featuring Michelle Obama.
- A federal jury cleared the leaders of an Oregon standoff. The militia group took over a wildlife refuge last January.
- An airplane carrying Republican VP candidate Mike Pence skidded off the runway at New York City's LaGuardia airport. No one was injured.
- RIP — Vine says it's discontinuing its mobile app, effectively ending the 6-second video service 💀