Ed Show Playbook: 10/31

Updated

Less than a week before the election, a moment of bipartisanship in the face of disaster, as President Obama and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie toured southern New Jersey towns hit by Hurricane Sandy.  Gov. Christies praised the President and federal government’s response, and Pres. Obama assured devastated towns along the East Coast, “We are here for you.” New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez was with the President and Gov. Christie, and he joins Ed tonight to discuss the government’s response.

Then, Mitt Romney’s “storm relief event” in Ohio turned out to be nothing more than a photo-op. Buzzfeed reports campaign aides purchased $5,000 worth of goods at a local Wal-Mart, and instructed supporters who didn’t bring their own donations to “just grab something” in order to meet the candidate.  E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post weighs in on Romney’s attempt to connect to real people.

The road to 270 is narrowing for Mitt Romney, as the campaign desperately tries to spin the polls in their favor. Bob Shrum of The Daily Beast and Ed will take a closer look at the electoral map, and why it’s not looking good for Romney.

The Romney media blackout continues. NBC’s Garrett Haake tweeted that it’s been 3 weeks since Mitt Romney has answered reporters’ questions, and he continues to dodge questions about his plans for FEMA if he becomes president. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) weighs in on Mitt Romney’s deafening silence on the issues.

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) scored some big laughs at her debate against Democrat Jim Graves for saying she doesn’t engage in political speech. We’ll show you why that comment is so laughable.

And in the Big Finish, Pres. Obama and Gov. Christie put politics aside to do the right thing for New Jersey residents affected by Sandy. Bloomberg View columnist Jonathan Alter joins Ed to discuss why good policy is also good politics.

Ed Show Playbook: 10/31

Updated