Maiello: Defeat the Press
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Against my better judgment and my general belief that the cake of this unrelenting election cycle has long been baked, I'm going to give Willard Mitt "I'd Shut Down FEMA" Romney a bit of advice, 100% gratis. Mitt Romney should spend the next week using his leadership, connections, management skills and even his own personal fortune to demonstrate exactly why he should be President by organizing a private relief effort for victims of Hurricane Sandy.
Doing so would be so full of positives and so bereft of negatives that it's a no-brainer. It's an opportunity to get credit for not campaigning, but actually still campaigning, that doesn't look as stupid as what he did today. It would be an opportunity to prove that conservative ideology with respect for downsizing or eliminating agencies like FEMA is both feasible and beneficial. It would also be an opportunity to provide direct relief to those in need, which should appeal to him as a Christian and perhaps even as an Earthling. Finally, even as a political play, it would demonstrate both that he is who he says he is and that he can provide leadership that yields real results for Americans in need.
However, he probably won't do that. He'll probably keep doing things like merely re-labeling his already scheduled campaign events in battleground states and refusing to answer questions in the wake of a hurricane about whether he'd really shut down FEMA and leave relief up to the states and private sector. No wonder this thing is so close!