Musings —11.03.2012 11:51 PM—
Acts of God are events that are beyond human control — like a big earthquake on the West coast, or a big hurricane on the East coast — and for which “no one can be held responsible,” assorted dictionaries tell us.
Except politicians, that is. Politicians, and aspiring politicians, know too well that the reverse is often true: When disaster strikes, politicians know that they can indeed be “held responsible.” If things go to hell in a handbasket — due to anything from a Hurricane Sandy to a Biblical plague of locusts — it can bring a swift end to a politician’s career.
Or, alternatively, send that politician’s fortunes soaring. It all depends. Examples abound.