How a disaster vacation could take down Ted Cruz

Dan Hopkins of the School of Arts & Sciences said disaster preparedness is cost-effective policy that doesn’t register with the electorate the way failure does. “As voters, we pay attention in the wake of disasters, and we reward or punish incumbents based on their actions,” he said. “But when the cameras are elsewhere, we’re not nearly as good about rewarding the incumbents who are getting ready for the next disaster.”

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