The huge ‘Frankenstorm’ set to hit the northeast coast before Halloween threatens to cause widespread disruption – but could it serve to delay the election and stall Mitt Romney’s momentum going into the final days of the presidential campaign?
Hurricane Sandy was recently downgraded to a category one, however, as IB Times reports, “Computer models are predicting that Hurricane Sandy will meet up with another storm system, which could produce the grave “perfect storm” that could potentially devastate the North East Coast.”
Experts are predicting that the “Frankenstorm” could “become the worst to hit the U.S. Northeast in 100 years if current forecasts are correct.”
On the face of it, Hurricane Sandy is likely to be more of a concern amongst the Obama camp. For a start, if it does make landfall it’s almost guaranteed to hit areas on the coast where Obama is dominant.
Furthermore, a recent poll conducted by Ipsos for The Weather Channel found that Mitt Romney supporters are more likely to vote in bad weather.
“Among registered voters, those who plan to vote for Obama are more likely than Romney voters to say that bad weather conditions would have a significant or moderate impact on their getting to the polls (28 percent vs. 19 percent),” the survey found.
However, the hurricane is also set to impact key swing states where Romney is seen as having momentum.
Due to Obama’s greater focus on having his supporters vote early, others have pointed out that bad weather on election day could be disastrous for Romney.
“Obama has been effective at getting voters to vote early, so anything affecting turnout on Election Day is likely to be bad news for Romney,” John Hudak, a governance studies fellow at Brookings, told U.S. News & World Report. “It would certainly set up a benefit to the president if a natural disaster did interrupt voting.”
If the storm is anywhere near the scale of Hurricane Katrina, the presidential election would almost certainly have to be postponed, which would only work in Obama’s favor given that Romney is currently riding high in the polls.
If the hurricane brings destruction and devastation, Obama will undoubtedly seek to exploit the opportunity to grandstand as a leader and protector, affording him the at least a taste of the kind of revered status enjoyed by President Bush in the aftermath of 9/11.
AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Bernie Rayno is predicting ”power outages and flooding” as a worst case scenario that could disrupt early voting in some states.
“That could have an impact even a week later depending on how bad the storm is,” Rayno added.
Yahoo News is speculating that the hurricane could be the “October surprise” many have been waiting for – an unforeseen event could provide an election twist because “some power outages could last into Election Day.”
“The storm is so wide that it will likely bring severe conditions to an area inhabited by 66 million people, including parts of North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, the District of Columbia, New York, and Connecticut,” writes Scott Bomboy.
Some are even speculating that the hurricane could be artificially steered in order to impact the election.
The fact that weather weapons are used to manipulate meteorological conditions for public events is now common knowledge.
As far back as the 1960′s, the U.S. government had the technology to steer hurricanes, according to weather modification expert Ben Livingston, who briefed President Lyndon B. Johnson on the effectiveness of weather control activities and helped oversee their use during the Vietnam war.
“In the 1960s, a national priority of our government was hurricane control,” Livingston told the Midland Reporter Telegram. “Silver iodide is used as a nuclei that causes raindrops to form. The original hypothesis is that if you get enough rain or cool air into a hurricane you can diminish its velocity and strength. When I left the military in the 1960s, we had the ability to do that, and reduce wind velocity in hurricanes by 25 percent and damage caused by a hurricane by 63 percent.”
Watch a documentary below in which Ben Livingston talks about his top secret work to weaponize the weather.