Yes, they can. Any state could that’s effected by a disaster like Superstorm Sandy.
I’m not kidding.
“Can,” of course, isn’t “Will.” I make no prediction. But it may surprise some to know that a lot of states are empowered to postpone even a presidential election, based on their own constitutional provisions and emergency laws to act in such a manner in case of an emergency like “Sandy.” According to Slate, even governors in states lacking such laws may “reasonably use his or her emergency powers to suspend the election during a state of emergency.”
Okay, okay. This election has already threatened many of us with a nervous breakdown. Another macabre twist of fate is the last thing we might need to consider.
Just know, however, that it is theoretically possible for, let’s say, Republican Governor John Kasich, to postpone the vote in Ohio based on storm damage in eastern Ohio along the border of snowbound West Virginia.
In such an event, surely the $uperPacs of the world would not aim their missiles on über swing state Ohio in the interregnum, right?
But, hell, let’s leave nightmare scenarios for Halloween. It’s not like “Sandy” hit Florida or anything …
Not that it’s an earth-shaking announcement or anything, but I’ve decided to dedicate all my available hours in the rest of the month and February to meeting a big editorial deadline.
My silence does not connote agreement or disagreement with any of the world’s madness that’s sure to transpire! My best advice: keep your heads about you and hold onto hope.
I’ll be back in March. Wish me luck, please, with the “Second Edit” of my much neglected manuscript
G’night and good luck …
Let’s not mince words. When Joe Paterno, Penn State’s “Great Man of Rectitude,” was informed that his “emeritus coach” butt-fucked an 11-year-old boy in the Penn State showers, he simply told the Athletic Director that the pedophile engaged in “inappropriate” and “disturbing” behavior (2002). And when the AD did nothing, Paterno–his moral obligation thus “satisfied”– sat on the information for 9 years, allowing the pedophile to roam loose. I … am … Angry! Tear down the whole sick Penn State football program and start over.
[NOTE: The first version of this story had the assistant coach continuing to work on Paterno's coaching staff. That was in error. But in 1999, after the assistant's earlier act of pedophilia in Paterno's locker room, "Joe Pa" simply told the pervert he would not be the next head coach and allowed him to enjoy "emeritus" status with an office full access to the locker room.]
Readers will notice that my blog has undergone a facelift. OK, maybe it’s not “sexier.” But it’s a little less pastoral, a bit more edgy. That seems to fit better with its content. (And hey, what is “edgy” if not these times!) If you have a mind to, tell me what you think.
After a hiatus of more than a year, I’ll be posting more often, while continuing my other writing projects. I hope you will enjoy the result here. If you do, please become a subscriber. You’ll get an email notice when I put up a new post. I won’t overload your inbox, promise!
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