Pastor Romney's reaction to the serendipitous advantage that Hurricane Sandy provided Obama was just plain silly. It would have better for him if he had just been honest and held a rally with an allusion to the disaster and commentary on what he was going to do about the economy. His desperate and futile attempt to insert himself into the disaster relief efforts was doomed to exposure.
The plan was for supporters to bring hurricane relief supplies to the event, and then deliver the bags of canned goods, packages of diapers, and cases of water bottles to the candidate, who would be perched behind a table along with a slew of volunteers and his Ohio right-hand man, Senator Rob Portman. To complete the project and photo-op, Romney would lead his crew in carrying the goods out of the gymnasium and into the Penske rental truck parked outside.
But the last-minute nature of the call for donations left some in the campaign concerned that they would end up with an empty truck. So the night before the event, campaign aides went to a local Wal Mart and spent $5,000 on granola bars, canned food, and diapers to put on display while they waited for donations to come in, according to one staffer. (The campaign confirmed that it "did donate supplies to the relief effort," but would not specify how much it spent.)
It typifies Romney's inept campaign. Other than his sleight of hand in pulling the wool over GOteaParty members and moderate republicans, his campaign, along with his "foot in mouth" disease, has been a disaster. With a few questions his managers could have discovered that aid organizations prefer cash to supplies. Romney would have been wise to just hold his rally honestly and donated the $5000 to the Red Cross - or better yet a couple $Million of his own money.
The sad thing is that Pastor Romney might be elected and we have NO idea of what to expect.