Republican vice-presidential candidate US Congressman Paul Ryan speaks in front of the campaign's "national debt clock"
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Unlike with George W. Bush, Hurricane Sandy will not be this president's Katrina - all which goes to show just how close this race really is when a storm has high-profile US pundits talking about its political impact.
It's all spin, of course. And largely garbage.
It's the economy, not the storm. Already, 28 major newspapers that endorsed Obama in 2008 have changed their minds.
If Hurricane Sandy gives anyone an edge, however, it will go to Mitt Romney.
Republicans, particularly the old guard, are like old boots.
They'll vote if they have to paddle to the polls.
The Democrats? Not so much.
In 2008, Obama was able to rally America's youth and had a firm base with Hispanics, blacks and single women.
The weather, if you recall, was uneventful, and voter turnout was large. "Yes we can," was Obama's promise to America, and America bought it.
He was new. He was young. He was black.
And he was "change." But what will happen a week Tuesday when the United States finally goes to the polls? Will the youth of 2012 still be too traumatized by Hurricane Sandy to get out of bed?
Or will Obama now be like the iPhone 4, and therefore old news?
First and foremost, Americans need to be reminded of these words by Obama back in 2009. "I'm pledging to cut the deficit by half by the end of my first term in office," he said.
The debt clock back then read $10 trillion.
Today, America's debt clock has passed the $16-trillion mark, which was supposedly its debt ceiling and its point of bankruptcy.
Yet the clock keeps on ticking.
This debt is the storm Americans should be worried about because, unlike Hurricane Sandy, it's not just passing through.
It's more powerful and more destructive.
And it's sticking it to all Americans.