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September 19, 2005


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Hey, you can't seriously believe that the US blogosphere is even aware that there are other countries on earth (unless there's a war on the schedule).

The USian blogosphere is just like the USian culture in general: world-blind.


Do you really want the US blogosphere to comment on the German elections? Here's the short version:

Frist! Heh. Indeed. Whine. Innuendo. Look at me, I am so smart! Self-congratulations! More whine. More innuendo. Mmm, pie.

Andrew Gray

I'm borderline convinced the only reason they noticed the UK ones is because it could be interpreted as World Public Opinion Saying Something About Iraq. (Conveniently for all commentators, the result was interpretable either as "UK votes resounding support for Blair, they like W. really" or "UK votes solidly against Blair, & invading other countries". So both sides got to mouth off.)

Plus, I guess it's difficult to interpret the result as a wonderful proof that Your Personal Ideology Triumphed when it isn't yet clear if they did win or not.

Dragan Antulov

The answer to this question is simple - just like the much simpler US system (two parties, Electoral College) seemed beyond comprehension of an average Croatian media organisation in November 2004, so does the German proportional representation and five parties to an average American.

Judging by few US blogs I have read, some tried interpret the election by simplyfing picture to US standards (SPD = Democrats, CDU/CSU = Republicans) and declaring Merkel the winner because she got 1 percent of votes more than Schroeder. In most US election races this is more than enough.

Needless to say, it is much more complicated than that. For many Americans German election looks as embarrassing as Florida 2000 was to the outside world.

I mean, Merkel is supposed to be the winner of this election after scoring historic low result for her party and left-wing parties actually increasing their vote share compared to 2002?

Dave Schuler

I can't speak for the entire American blogosphere but this American blogger gets his info about the German elections by reading across-the-pond bloggers rather than reading other American bloggers. And I linked to a couple as well.

I may be unusual in this regard but I consider it the right of the German people to elect whatever leaders they might want and deal with their own problems in their own way. And we'll learn to deal with whatever leaders the Germans elect. Or not.

While criticizing the provinciality of Americans you might do well to remember that more Americans speak German than in any other country other than Germany, nearly as many Americans speak French as there are Frenchmen, and there are similarly high numbers of Spanish-speakers, Russian-speakers, etc. in the United States.


Er, *this* American cared and was interested. We're not *all* rednecks whose biggest concern is where the next six-pack is coming from, you know (g).


Er, *this* American cared and was interested. We're not *all* rednecks whose biggest concern is where the next six-pack is coming from, you know (g).


Heh. Got you all to post, didn't I?

[Smug grin]

I'm married to an American. Obviously, my opinion of them isn't so very bad. You know that, don't you, Lorraine? [hug]


I console you with the thought that the major papers did not lavish the spotlights upon the Afghanistani elections, either. Nor the recent Egyptian elections either.

Having peaceful transfer of power (errr.. Schoeder WILL turn over the chancellorship peacefully if it comes to that, will he not?) occur, once again, in Germany is every bit as un-newsworthy as that Mubarak of Egypt was not facing a turnover.

Afghanistan, on the other hand, is still figgering all this stuff out. But the local paper was more interested in headlining the question:

(Banner, above the fold) "Was anybody watching? "(The television industry's self-award show, "the Emmys") I guess the prospect that somebody might suffer a costume malfunction on live broadcast was more interesting than that mere politicians might trade jobs ...

Will Baird

I've been watching, but not commenting. Reason being that there are sublties there that I am not aware of and I really don't have time to pick apart. Between two projects coming to a head and my daughter, life gets...busy.

As for what I can say about the rest of the US? Well, you had to go and have your selfish little elections during a major crisis (Katrina) and our lil blame game here. How rude. (Just kidding!)


All the so-called “great powers” (or however are they called these days) are self-centered. US, being a “superpower” is obviously super self-centered :)


Top of the front page in today's Toronto Star (Toronto, Ontario, Canada). Doesn't get much more attention than that.

Martin Wisse

I must admit, this Dutch blogger did not pay that much attention to it either...

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