What To Expect In The Closing Hours
We’re down to the last days of this campaign and the logical question is — what might we expect in the closing hours of same?
I personally would not be surprised to see New Jersey and New York be major players in these waning hours.
The superstorm Sandy has wreaked nearly unimaginable damage to communities specifically in those areas. There are gas lines over a mile long. The tunnels in New York are still flooded. Airports are able to handle only limited flights per day with parts of LaGuardia Airport still under water. The devastation in New Jersey is beyond description.
So it seems more than likely to me that come election day there will be an outcry from people who argue they were not able to get to the polls to vote. And that assumes all of the polling places are even able to open which is highly improbable.
On the surface this would seem to be no big deal for Obama, after all, he is expected to carry both of those states, anyway. But with that said, it does set the stage for lawsuits and cries of disenfranchisement. It also sets the stage for Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton to leap into action claiming that the election should be delayed so as to allow all the poor black people to get out to vote.
All of this is only speculation of course, but I think it is something we should be prepared to see. It is my opinion that it’s more than reasonable to expect it. What better opportunity, what better complaint to incur legal action and cries of disenfranchisement?
We already know that Obama has legions of lawyers in position to bring legal action at the least complaint. So it is not unreasonable to expect them to use those in the storm-damaged areas to foment such action.
Obama has maintained a high profile in New Jersey. He and Governor Christie have been photographed and videoed extensively as they surveyed storm-damaged New Jersey.
But any argument that can be offered to support Obama’s (I say feigned) interest in these storm-damaged areas must be balanced by the lack of attention and disinterest he showed to those who suffered other devastations.
He showed no such concern for the people in Joplin, Missouri after the people there suffered the wrath of an F5 tornado. The entire town of Joplin was virtually destroyed. Now over a year later people are still struggling to get back on their feet. Where was Obama during their hour of tragedy?
The Gulf Coast oil spill was certainly not his shining moment. He had to be pressured to visit the Gulf Coast area, and, even at that, his visit turned into little more than a photo-op. Other areas of the country suffered devastating tornadoes and fires and he did little more than fly in — do an obligatory photo-op — and then leave.
It might seem cruel or unfair of me to castigate him in this instance, but I am saying his actions must be kept in context with his past actions pursuant to storm damage and fires.
But, specific to my point, it is worth noting that he has yet to tour West Virginia, Pennsylvania or Michigan. The people of those states are also suffering in the aftermath of Sandy.
Maybe this was the natural disaster that he could not ignore. After all, it did happen in the media capital of the world. That said, his presence was not the same in the areas I referenced above. Few honest observers would argue that he was using this as an opportunity to play leader — especially with his dismissive negligence in Benghazi hanging around his neck like an anchor.
It remains to be seen just how all of this plays out, but I think it important to remember the Obama motto is to never let a good crisis go to waste.
About the Author
Mychal S. Massie is an ordained minister who spent 13 years in full-time Christian Ministry. Today he serves as founder and Chairman of the Racial Policy Center (RPC), a think tank he officially founded in September 2015. RPC advocates for a colorblind society. He was founder and president of the non-profit “In His Name Ministries.” He is the former National Chairman of a conservative Capitol Hill think tank; and a former member of the think tank National Center for Public Policy Research. Read entire bio here