We say that there’s no room for politics during a national tragedy like the one we’ve witnessed during Hurricane Sandy, but let’s keep it 100. The President's handling of Hurricane Sandy will most likely propel him to a second term, while the attack ads have ceased in the wake of this national tragedy and Money Mitt Romney has to play the sideline.
They say that in times like these, there is no room for politicking, but to be honest, there’s always room for politicking.
Four Americans died during the attack at the consulate in Libya and Republicans were going at Obama about emails and whether or not he used the word "terrorism" the day after the attack. So please, there is certainly always room for some politicking.
Mitt Romney has to be seething, after Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a guy who previously endorsed him, is now praising the efforts of President Obama during and in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, while Mitt is forced to play the sidelines as President Obama does the job he was elected to do four years ago: be our Commander-in-Chief.
Romney can’t do anything while the President is on TV comforting those who lost everything in the wake of Sandy.
Chris Christie told Fox News:
"If you think right now I give a damn about presidential politics then you don't know me."
Christie is ideally right to completely shut down the notion that party politics should play a role during a national tragedy, but the fact of the matter is, it still does - especially this close to the election.
Hurricane Sandy is the worst thing that could have happened to Mitt Romney. The President is being presidential at a crucial moment, while Romney can’t utter a single word as his past has once again come back to haunt him.
Last June during a debate, Romney was asked about disaster relief efforts as they pertain to the federal government. Here’s what he said:
"We cannot afford to do those things without jeopardizing the future for our kids. It is simply immoral, in my view, for us to continue to rack up larger and larger debts and pass them on to our kids."
Less than a week before Election Day, after a massive disaster, here’s Romney's response to FEMA:
"I believe that FEMA plays a key role in working with states and localities to prepare for and respond to natural disasters…As president, I will ensure FEMA has the funding it needs to fulfill its mission, while directing maximum resources to the first responders who work tirelessly to help those in need, because states and localities are in the best position to get aid to the individuals and communities affected by natural disasters."
Like I said before, there’s always room for politicking. Talk about a flip-flop.
Hurricane Sandy might have been the nail in the coffin for Mitt Romney and his Presidential aspirations.
And Romney did this all because Obama has been praising the efforts of FEMA and their response after Hurricane Sandy.
If Romney wanted to do something big, he should donate money - I think he can afford to. No one will criticize Mitt for opening up his stuffed wallet, heck, it’ll make him look human!
However, the bottom line is that Romney will always be the businessman willing to say anything to get what he wants, and that's not the sort of conviction a president should have.
So as you go into the voting booth next week, just remember the last flip-flop Romney pulled off right before you pull the lever for President Barack Obama.
Shaka Griffith is the News/Politics Editor for GlobalGrind.com Follow him on Twitter and send your thoughts, rants and outbursts to @Darealshaka