Political Musings-At the Sunset of My Life

So where are we? A softly catastrophic storm left us, in the Northeast, shocked at the depth and breadth of its power to destroy. Everyone who could be was hunkered down Monday waiting it out, and at first we hoped it might not be as bad as we’d been warned, because we’d all seen higher wind and harder rain. But the waters rose and wouldn’t stop, breaching dunes, overwhelming barriers, filling the tunnels and subways like a bathtub, as somebody said on TV. It was—is—a true crisis. So far, our political leaders have done pretty well. But the hard part will be from here on in—getting things up and operating again without the original adrenaline rush.Democratic pollster Doug Schoen on Mitt Romney’s path to victory, and how the hurricane might affect turnout. Photo: Associated Press

New York’s mayor, Mike Bloomberg, was sterling—a solid, unruffled giver of information whose news…

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