I (unfortunately) completely agree. WTH are they thinking? I suppose some of the economic damage will be mitigated by the fact that the ban won't be hitting during the summer tourist season. OTOH, the “leaf peepers” eat too. And they're going to want seafood, not KFC.
This could very well be the event that sets into motion the election scenarios you laid out, AuH2ORepublican.
I’ve been leaf-peeping around NH’s White Mountains on more than one October (my wife and I felt like the only tourists under 50, but we didn’t mind), and one of the best things about it was the fresh seafood brought in from Portsmouth all the way to the western edge of the Kancamaugus (sp?) Highway: fish chowder, am strips, lobster rolls ... my mouth is watering already. So you’re right, Obama’s fishing ban will affect not just Portsmouth and coastal Maine, but inland areas as well.