A hurricane is a catastrophe -- we get a day or two notice and then it slams us. We are never certain who is going to get hit. Politicians from both parties begin calling each other as soon as we hear the storm is forming and heading our way and they begin working together.
It is the slow catastrophes that divide us. For instance, we have a huge national debt that get worse and worse by the second. Everyone agrees it is bad and a disaster and is hindering our economy's recovery. Bipartisan solutions? Are you kidding? We can't even get the politicians to stay in Washington and TRY to fix it. They have been campaigning for months -- ignoring the crisis. Campaigning is not the job but they seem to think it is like a paid vacation. Handling the nation's problems is the job. Instead, politicians, on both sides of the aisle, just keep kicking the problem down the road and blaming each other.
Hurricane Sandy (like Katrina and 9/11 and other catastrophes) shows our politicians are CAPABLE of working together. They just won't. That is selfish.
Cross-posted from GretaWire.