Politics tore them apart. It took a storm to bring them together. (Photo: AP)
Buzzfeed thinks it might be. Hurricane Sandy called a premature end to it on Monday. The nation's attention, already wavering from this untitanic clash, has been fixed on New York and the East coast. The election is old hat.
Obama and Romney are addressing rallies attended by just two or three thousand voters, and the vice-presidential candidates are drawing even smaller crowds (Biden addressed 475 people in Iowa and no doubt gave every one of them a big sloppy kiss).
The rallies aren’t just smaller: They’re less intense. In Greeley, audience members half-heartedly clapped along as country artist Lee Greenwood sang karaoke to his old hits. At a Biden rally last week in Florida, a group of older women tried in vain to keep a “Yes We Can” chant going for more than 20 seconds. In Reno last week with Romney, aides cordoned off a section of a large conference hall for the candidate, initially draping more than a hundred seats because the crowd was so thin. For Obama, away from a college town, the scene is the same — a few thousand supporters, mostly older, politely wait for the candidate. The call-and-response chants and non-stop cheering of 4 years ago, or even three weeks ago, are gone.
Obama won the last news cycle, with a little help from Christie, and the heat going out of the race probably favours him more than Romney, who needs one last surge of momentum to take him over the top on Tuesday.
(Ps the above photo is from 2011, after Hurricane Irene. The Obama-Christie romance has history.)