The Blog Down: A Tale of Two Storms

Hurricane Sandy and the US presidential elections are the two topics dominating the blogs this week.

Obama and Chris Christie comfort a storm victim 370 (R) (photo credit: Larry Downing / Reuters)
Obama and Chris Christie comfort a storm victim 370 (R)
(photo credit: Larry Downing / Reuters)
Two topics dominated the blogosphere this week: Hurricane Sandy and the US presidential elections – with our bloggers eager to voice their opinions, personal stories, and critiques.
Many of our bloggers were not immune to the devastation left in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Ed Koch blogs on a different note this week, about his personal experience surviving the storm. In his uplifting post, Hurricane Sandy tested us, and we came through, he writes,
"When I think of the problems others in the city had during the storm, including over 100 homes burning to the ground, heart attacks, lethal injuries as a result of accidents including falling trees, and 75 people nationwide who lost their lives, I realize how lucky most of us have been, suffering primarily inconvenience.
Abe Novick takes a unique approach to blogging about Sandy, writing about the power of storms in literature and in new media, citing references from Shakespeare to Twitter.
"Literature as media, in light of the now immediate images of carnage and tragedy beamed onto ones handheld device today appears provincial. The 1,000 words inherently held in the microscopic picture accompanying the 140-word Tweet, race like The Flash and outpace the output provided by the needed distance necessary to conjure literature.
Don't miss Storm as metaphor here.
And now from one tempest to the other; with elections a mere hours away, bloggers wanted to voice their opinions on the political candidates before voters hit the polls.
Unsurprisingly, a majority of our bloggers lean firmly to the right when it comes to the US presidential candidates with Mitt Romney receiving lots of praise and Obama, not so much.
Gadi Adelman asks, "Can the change of the President really change the current situation in the Middle East?" in his post, Does it really all come down to this? If you've been reading Gadi's latest posts, you already know he does not shy from critique of Obama, and this post is no different:
"Yes, the American President has the ability to change the tides of many countries and the future, however, knowing when and what to say is just as important as knowing who and who not to back.Obama has made many choices over the past four years where it involved the Middle East; the problem is that most, if not all of them, have been wrong.
Read the rest of his blog to find out why.
Earl Cox joins Adelman in expressing his shall we say, disappointment, to put it mildly, in the current US president's track record regarding Israel, in his latest blog, Obama's silence on Israel’s plight questioned by Romney. He writes:
"Should Obama be re-elected as President of the United States, Israel's survival would be significantly in the hands of a man who has shown little appetite for standing with Israel in any military conflict and little empathy for the Jewish state.
So far this week, none of bloggers have written favorable blogs about Obama. Does this reflect the mood of all our bloggers? I doubt it. So to the rest of you I say: What are you waiting for, elections are a day away?
I cannot mention the US presidential race without mentioning our resident election blog National Zoo. Read the blog to see the latest behind the scenes US election updates from our bloggers on the ground in Washington.
Also not to be missed this week on JPost Blogs, Ahmed Meligy's scathing analysis of Egyptian President Morsi and the political system, In Egypt you won't know the facts until you've seen the fiction and Ashley Rindsberg's post, The Northern inquisition, detailing the worrisome trend of anti-Semitism in Northern Europe.
The writer is The Jerusalem Post’s blogs editor.