Biden, DeSantis and the Politics of Hurricanes

As Hurricane Ian sweeps across Florida, some commentators have noted the possible clash between two men who may run against each other for president in 2024, President Joe Biden and Gov. Ron DeSantis. The next week or so could dictate what their working relationship looks like in the face of a disaster and what impact that could have on 2024.

Hurricanes and other catastrophes have changed the political landscape before. In 2012, the New Jersey government Chris Christie should be a top Mitt Romney Deputy against the President Barack Obama. When Hurricane Sandy struck a week before Election Day, Mr. Christie and his state were overwhelmed and in dire need of federal funding. This gave Mr. Obama influence, and Mr. Christie played nicely with the President and even gave Mr. Obama a famous “hug”—actually, a warm handshake. Biden, DeSantis and the Politics of Hurricanes

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