… Politicians of all stripes react quickly to disasters, overseeing government responses and consoling the bereaved. And they often become known for those responses, from New York City Mayor John Lindsay’s (R) response to a 1969 blizzard to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s (R) actions after Hurricane Sandy. Disaster response is one of the government functions that remains relatively uncontroversial, even in this polarized age.
So when tornadoes or others natural disasters strike, how do voters react, and what do those reactions tell us about voting? [cont.]
Dan Hopkins, (Georgetown U.), Washington Post