Having lived through hurricanes all of my life... let me assure you that the pain is just starting for these people in the NE. obama cannot do what he has promised to do... he has no power or knowledge with which to do it... this time PRIVATE ENTERPRISE will get it done. The Military... may give security and traffic control eventually... and bring in water and blankets and MRE’s... that is it.
If Sandy can negatively impact Obama, GOOD.
I don’t think Benghazi is having much of an impact since the networks weren’t covering it before and are now focused on the hurricane
There's the root of the problem right there: a populace that demands the violence of government to be used for their personal benefit.
They aren't considering the implications of what being fed by the military means. They are concerned about the quality of the dessert packed in their MRE.
The 47% existed before Obama. More like the 47% CREATED Obama out of thin air to serve them.
This is why the braggadocio on FR about the Military will never accept an order to grab guns is flat out wrong.
A nationwide panic....a nuclear or biological (or economic) 9/11 will change everything.
Not only will low-level grunts feel it's their duty to follow dramatic orders to restore peace and save their country from chaos, but the people will cheer them on in the streets.
NYC will be fine. The NYPD is vast and effective. And the population is Obama voters to the core.
Unfortunately, that is the type of mentality involved here. The only problem is the military would be woefully inadequate to even attempt such an endeavor. They'd end up, at best, contracting back out to the same utilities to restore power.
When entire grids are shut down, it takes a considerable amount of system knowledge, verification, and coordination(literally and electrically) to get those systems back on line reliably without frying numerous transformers and/or single phasing motors all over the place and starting fires, while keeping the system down even longer.
I suspect the utilities performed simple load shedding to increase the grid reliability to compensate for the greater risks evolving from inclement weather. It's in their best interest to restore power as soon as practical, because the power consumption is how they make money. Meanwhile, turning it back on too hastily can cause even more costly damages and delays. There are good reasons why it takes time to restore some utilities after a major weather event.