Yesterday, Mitt Romney's campaign floated the idea of doing a photo-op with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to survey damage from Hurricane Sandy, but this morning Christie shot down the idea, saying he was not in the "least bit" interested in playing "presidential politics."
Combine that with Christie's praise for President Obama's hurricane response, and Mitt Romney's relevance just took a one-two punch from none other than his handpicked Republican convention keynote speaker. But if you're a Romney fan, don't give up hope—Mitt thinks he's figured out how to keep his campaign in the headlines:
Hmm. Perhaps what he meant to say is that it's not a "victory rally," per se?
Here's that press badge:
Maybe the problem is that Romney doesn't know what to ask for: yesterday, in announcing the event, his campaign said they wanted to to collect "relief supplies." Only problem: the American Red Cross doesn't accept donations of physical goods for relief efforts like this.
Hopefully something good will come out of this event, but it sure seems Romney has done his best to make sure that it won't. Still, in the charitable spirit that Romney hopes to demonstrate, let me give him some credit with his response here: at least he didn't release a statement in the middle of the night attacking President Obama for sympathizing with and apologizing to Mother Nature.
7:24 AM PT: Hmmm:
7:43 AM PT: Another sign at the rally: