Talk about an October surprise: Hurricane Sandy has ended the 2012 campaign.

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The storm isn’t good news for Romney, who’s behind in electoral votes. President Obama is seeing us through this disaster, like a President should. Shining like the superstar he is. Any undecided voters will see him do what he does best: roll up his sleeves and do the job. Romney’s actions look and feel embarrassing, like he’s walking around in a different universe. (A canned-food drive in Ohio?!)

And when asked point blank at today’s canned-food drive about his previous criticism about FEMA, Romney flatly declined to answer.

Mitt Romney repeatedly ignored questions about his position on federal funding for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at an Ohio event for storm victims Tuesday.

After speaking briefly to supporters and gathering donations Romney, Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and some campaign staffers headed outside into the cold, rainy afternoon and proceeded to load up a yellow Penske truck with supplies, canned goods, and other donated items.

“Governor, are you going to see some storm damage?” one reporter asked.

Several others again asked Romney whether he would eliminate FEMA.

“Governor, you’ve been asked fourteen times. Why are you refusing to answer the question?” one asked.

Romney ignored the reporters’ queries and continued loading up the truck. Earlier, during the event, he ignored similar queries.

Most importantly this shows that government is, in fact, not the problem; rather often it’s a key part of the solution. Note too that another issue is emerging: climate change. At the Repo convention, Romney mocked Obama for promising to slow the rise of the oceans. The Repos laughed. They probably don’t think it’s funny today.

Sandy is a wake-up call to climate change. Maybe, just maybe, Sandy got a message through to some climate change deniers. And maybe it’s gotten through to Democrats who are concerned about climate change, but don’t think it’s important enough to do anything about.

Despite that, there aren’t going to be any other great issues coming to light in the last hours of the campaign. Now it’s all about getting out the vote, and getting the votes counted.


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