You want to scare yourself even though Halloween is over? Read Sons of Cincinnatus.
Nate Silver predicts that there is a 87.342% chance you will read both because people following this election read everything.
The misery in New York and New Jersey is a backdrop that is definitely impacting the election, but not in the way the president's partisans hope. People are suffering as they have suffered for four years under his various incompetencies. He showed up for a day and left, and millions of people are still miserable: His presidency in a nutshell. It is doubtful that Hoboken will become Obama's Superdome, but the helicopter trip is the easy thing. Does the region spring back to life? Not if the president is in charge. Think the Gulf oil spill and the Stimulus. This is anot a leader who gets things done. This is a leader who explains why he couldn't get things done.
The president is also increasingly a leader who cannot figure out how not to step in it. When the president spoke of "leaving no American behind" who were hurt by Sandy, and of imposing a "15 minute rule" so that all calls for help post-Sandy would be returned by his officials within a quarter hour, he of course set off Benghazi alarms. Either pledge would have saved lives at the consulate, and Americans know this even though the MSM continues to keep its shiled wall around the president largely intact. Michael Walsh reviews the Benghazi record at PJ Media today, even as every bit of new information raises new questions.