We’ve all been waiting to see what the least presidential candidate in history will bungle next on the campaign trail, and the news is just in – Mitt Romney’s bungled Hurricane Sandy. Here are the 4 reasons we know Romney will never be ready to lead a nation:
1. Romney Batters President While Sandy Batters Coast
As Hurricane Sandy started bearing down on the Eastern Seaboard on Monday morning, Obama was in the situation room with top advisors, planning his deployment of aid to the 60 million Americans who are threatened by the storm.
“Obviously, my first priority has to be to make sure everything is in place to help the families and prepare,” Obama said today. The President has canceled campaign events for the next few days to focus his full attention on responding to the hurricane.
Elsewhere, Romney didn’t relent in his attempts to gain an edge in the swing states of Ohio and Iowa, even while cities on the East Coast started to flood on Monday. “I know they are chanting ‘four more years’ [for Obama], but we’re chanting all over this country ‘nine more days,’” Romney said callously, as the nation braced for catastrophe. After campaigning all day on Monday, the Romney campaign has reported cancellations for an event on Monday night and Tuesday.
2. Romney’s Impeding Red Cross Relief Efforts
This blunder is reminiscent of Paul Ryan’s fake photo-op visit to the soup kitchen. Romney’s team is reportedly gathering supplies to gain points with Virginia swing voters, but they’re not demonstrating their compassion as much as their ignorance of how officials operate in a disaster situation.
Even I know that, if you truly want to help, you should communicate with the agency you are seeking to assist – or just check its website.
According to the Red Cross:
Unfortunately, due to logistical constraints the Red Cross does not accept or solicit individual donations or collections of items. Items such as collected food, used clothing and shoes must be sorted, cleaned, repackaged and transported which impedes the valuable resources of money, time, and personnel.
3. Romney’s Playing Partisan Favorites With Calls To Governors
Gov. Romney has made calls exclusively to Republican Governors, namely Bob McDonnell (R-Va.) and Chris Christie (R-N.J.), to offer support and talk about storm preparation.
Romney is seemingly unconcerned about Dem-led states in the storm’s path, neglecting to call any Democratic governors bracing for the storm in states such as Maryland (Gov. O’Malley), Massachusetts (Gov. Patrick), New York (Gov. Cuomo), and North Carolina (Gov. Perdue). And it’s Romney who wrongly accuses Obama of rejecting bi-partisanship.
Of course, Obama hasn’t played any partisan favorites. Gov. Christie said today of Obama’s response efforts: “I appreciated the president’s outreach today in making sure that we know he’s watching this and is concerned about the health and welfare and safety of the people of the state of New Jersey.”
4. Once Again, Romney’s Exploiting A National Tragedy For His Own Gain
Apparently, Romney didn’t learn any lessons from the criticism he received for trying to use the deaths in Libya to his political advantage, while still in the throes of a crisis, no less.
Romney’s already shooting off his mouth from the safety of the Midwest campaign trail, saying that Obama’s not doing it right and that he’d let the states respond to their own disasters, what he called the “moral” thing to do. A Romney campaign spokeswoman, Amanda Henneberg, said in an email to Bloomberg Businessweek: “Gov. Romney believes that states should be in charge of emergency management in responding to storms and other natural disasters in their jurisdictions.”
Why? Because it would be antithetical to the GOP platform to allow any federal tax dollars to go toward serving fellow Americans in need, I suppose. The unavoidable problem is this: Many states don’t have the resources or capacity to handle large-scale disasters on their own, and it would NOT be “moral” to let them try. Can you imagine New York being left to “clean up its own mess” after 9/11?
Romney has also advocated privatizing disaster relief – because if rescuing people struck by disaster shouldn’t be a for-profit enterprise, what should?
I think Romney is the least presidential candidate I’ve seen in my lifetime. If you agree, please share this post so more people know what Mitt Romney stands for before the election.
And, if you really want to help hurricane victims (rather than just pretend like you do), you can donate to the Red Cross here.