Irene As Political Salvo

Abby Zimet

The hurricane that barely was, especially in much-hyped New York City, may have been a p.r. dud for forecasters, but it sure gave politicians a rare chance to score points - from the White House stressing this was not Katrina and in fact they've got something under control to Michele Bachmann saying it was God speaking to us (though if She chose to stick around, we've got a few other items to bring up with Her). Still, the best take on Irene came from the N.Y. Times' Nick Kristof.

"If only the century-long threat of climate change would arouse as much mobilization as the day-long threat of #Irene." - Kristof.

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