Actions have consequences. That rule is as true in politics as it is in physics.
New Hampshire's junior Senator might remember that when she votes against things like disaster aid for the victims of Hurricane Sandy.
By voting "no" for even the reduced disaster aid brought to the floor this week, Senator Ayotte has delivered a message to the people of New Jersey, New York and Connecticut. Her message is this: "When disaster strikes, no whining. You are on your own."
I remember the pictures out of Alstead, when the floods took lives and property value on a scale that was big for New Hampshire, but tiny compared to the ravages of Sandy. Does Sen. Ayotte think the people of our neighbors to the south won't remember her vote the next time disaster strikes us? Does she think Granite State voters feel comfortable to be represented by someone who doesn't care when our fellow citizens have faced devastating loss?
I think the community based traditions of New Hampshire are better than whatever principle Senator Ayotte was endorsing through her vote. It is too bad that her action in voting against hurricane relief may have consequences for the rest of us.