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Oct 30, 2012

Rundle: Sandy’s winds of change bring hope for Obama

Hurricane Sandy's winds of change are bringing the "October Surprise" to this year's US presidential campaign, giving Obama a foot up as polls reveal his tight battle with Romney.

Guy Rundle — Correspondent-at-large

Guy Rundle


So the storm’s coming in. Hurricane Sandy, that angry eye, winking out from the mid-Atlantic on every newscast, moving in slowly, making landfall in Jersey, where it threatens to do billions of dollars worth of improvement boomboom. Cue endless standup jokes about Hurricane Sandy (it’s really a storm but whatever) coming ashore at Atlantic City, and leaving six hours later with all its money gone, and its empty wallet stolen by a hooker. Boomboom.


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13 thoughts on “Rundle: Sandy’s winds of change bring hope for Obama

  1. paddy

    Lulz 50 shades of Guy. Genius!

  2. Dogs breakfast

    As I was watching the news last night on Sandy I was left wondering if the Fates have intervened in this election. It’s much easier to read this as being in Obama’s favour than Romney’s, even without the quote about de-funding FEMA.

    If there is one thing we do well in Australia, better than just about anywhere, it is our ability to pull together in disaster, and to not begrudge, in fact to insist, on governmental help at those times. Surely, as you suggest Guy, this is a no-brainer. The ‘market’ doesn’t cover such exigencies.

    How does a country so entrenched with the idea of the primacy of the market and small govt deal with natural disasters? It must open a schism even in the most hardened of conservative minds.

    Or am I dreaming?

  3. Wombat

    Will wait with bated breath to see how the Right spins Sandy after the election. No doubt that if Romney wins, Sandy will be interpreted as the divine intervention which saved the nation. If Obama wins, then Sandy will be divine disapproval, or Satan’s jubilation, or some such drivel.

  4. Graeme

    Yes, write about sandy beaches, Sandy women… Anything but the prolonged stasis and static noise that is the US election.

    And give us anything but the ‘LIVE, LIVE, ONLINE! VIDEOS OF PEOPLE POSSIBLY SUFFERING OR DOGS STANDING IN THE WIND’ coverage of a cyclone. (A cyclone that was a bare footnote in the news when it killed 60 in the Caribbean; but hey, ut poor countries that don’t have a thousand direct media feeds into our living rooms don’t count.)

    I’m a political junkie, and far from anti-American – am planning two trips there next year for work.

    But the US is not the Centre of the Universe. It’s just one interesting land amongst dozens. Yet our lazy, infantile media laps up the corn syrup that pours from US electronic feedlots every mili-second, and spreads it around for our re-consumption through its rear end.

  5. zut alors

    Viva digression! Poor Sandy (not the hurricane) was surely the loser.

    A suggestion for Barry Obama: tell the Don your passport documents and college records were in readiness to be presented to His Trumpness by 5pm 31 October. Tragically, they were swept away from a downtown Manhattan storage facility by a powerful tide despatched by an angry g0d.

  6. zut alors

    Drat, the notification box eluded me yet again.

    Crikey, please place the follow-up posting box at the END of the comments, not the beginning.

  7. michael r james

    What with Sandy hitting the Jersey shore and Atlantic City, I am surprised no one so far has riffed on Springsteen. Guy, it is a perfect torch song for such melodramas, so:

    [Fourth Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)
    Artist: Bruce Springsteen
    Album: The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle
    Sandy, the waitress I was seein’ lost her desire for me
    I spoke with her last night, she said she won’t set herself on fire for me anymore
    She worked that joint under the boardwalk, she was always the girl you saw boppin’ down the beach with the radio
    Kids say last night she was dressed like a star in one of the cheap little seaside bars, and I saw her parked with her lover boy out on the Kokomo
    Did you hear, the cops finally busted Madame Marie for tellin’ fortunes better than they do?
    For me this carnival life’s through– you ought to quit this scene too
    Sandy, the aurora is risin’ behind us
    Those pier lights, our carnival life forever
    Oh, love me tonight and I promise I’ll love you forever
    Oh, I mean it, Sandy girl ]


    Or as the Yanks were tweeting earlier today: Sandy is like a big wet Kardashian, ready to blow the whole East Coast just to get on TV.

    Ka boom, indeed.

    And so the ambling Aspie went on and told a crowd, (a very white one, as usual) about how America has seen hurricanes before, and there was not even one groan of recognition, a flicker of a memory. Now, if the audience had been black…

    But not to worry, it went out on national TV and therefore the entire world saw this gormless robot remind us all of the last Republican president, and that ‘other’ event.

    God, he almost makes Bush look like a genius. Almost.

  9. Monash.edu

    “Sandy, why can’t we look the other way?” — Interpol, “Evil”


  10. Guy Rundle

    well spotted mr james – ive almost entirely forgotten springsteen’s pre-born to run albums, as has bruce. might re-acquaint myself.

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