Hurricane Sandy could not have had better timing for a country that has just about reached its limit on campaign fatigue.

Not that I’m glad that the Frankenstorm with the friendly-sounding name has wreaked havoc on the entire Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. I wish there was something more than writing a check to the Red Cross that I could realistically do to help so many people who are are going to be without power, water and homes until some FEMA relief starts coming their way.

But the storm-prompted respite from the last days of the 2012 presidential campaign is over. Not that it is, how can Mitt Romney and President Obama make the most political hay in these last days without alienating the voters who bore the brunt of Sandy?

That’s what I’m pondering over at my regular column, The Spin Cycle. What are your thoughts? How can the candidates thread this needle?

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