Obviously, there are political repercussions to anything candidates do in the final days of a campaign. When one candidate happens to be the president — and his job happens to intersect with a catastrophic event — he gets the benefit of performing outside the usual fray.
But the notion that Christie should have been aloof toward Obama to score GOP points wins the limbo contest of contemporary politics.
As we begin the next leg of this journey, we might keep in the back of our minds the idea of a common enemy. For now, that enemy is our stubborn refusal to work together to solve our massive problems. If this election provided any mandate at all, it is that we set aside our special interests and work together before it's too late.
Memento mori, indeed. And while we're at it, tempus fugit, too.
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