This just in from Jonathan Freedland in The Guardian. An article entitled “The World’s Verdict Will Be Harsh If the US Rejects the Man It Yearns For” discusses how the rest of the world will react if Obama loses:
But what of the rest of the world? This is the reaction I fear most. For Obama has stirred an excitement around the globe unmatched by any American politician in living memory. Polling in Germany, France, Britain and Russia shows that Obama would win by whopping majorities, with the pattern repeated in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. If November 4 were a global ballot, Obama would win it handsomely…
If Americans choose McCain, they will be turning their back on the rest of the world, choosing to show us four more years of the Bush-Cheney finger. And I predict a deeply unpleasant shift… Suddenly Europeans and others will conclude that their dispute is with not only one ruling clique, but Americans themselves. For it will have been the American people, not the politicians, who will have passed up a once-in-a-generation chance for a fresh start – a fresh start the world is yearning for…
For America to make a decision as grave as this one – while the planet boils and with the US fighting two wars – on the trivial basis that a hockey mom is likable and seems down to earth, would be to convey a lack of seriousness, a fleeing from reality, that does indeed suggest a nation in, to quote Weisberg, “historical decline”.
What are they going to do? Kick us out of NATO?
In other news, James Brown, the sitting Prime Minister of the UK government and no relation to the Godfather of Soul, has endorsed Barack Obama(!) That’s right: A sitting leader in the free world has injected propaganda into an independent, stable, allied country to help influence the outcome of its election.
Say, if we’re gonna give enemy combatants in Guantanamo Habeas Corpus, then why not give Europe the vote? Isn’t voting a constitutional right?
Just kidding. There’s a reason why we don’t let these asshats vote in US elections!
My advice to Obama: Run for president some place else.