October 11, 2004


Hunting for Republicans in Paris:
Registering voters on the Champs Elysées. (Elisabeth Eaves, Oct. 5, 2004, Slate)
While Americans who go abroad to kill people vote Republican, Americans who go abroad to do just about anything else vote Democratic. This is the logic behind the unprecedented effort to get out the vote among U.S. civilians overseas, and the reason that effort is overwhelmingly Democratic.
Of course people who prefer foreign countries to America are Democrats.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 11, 2004 1:20 PM

Slate--imagine that--gets it wrong in their own direction.

There are several million Americans working abroad, with bosses ranging from Uncle Sam to banks and feed suppliers. They do not all congregate in the wine bars of the Champs Elysees. Nor are they all Democrats. Oddly enough, the people who live outside the US get to see first hand just how good being an American is. No Euro Nanny-statism. No having to permanently live under despots and tin-horn elected officials in Africa or Asia.

They also seem to like--after making sacrifices to earn it--to hold onto their money. Yes, they certainly get pissy if someone threatens to take away their tax benefits, and some avoid paying any federal or state tax at all. But most of the ones I've met (outside of Western Europe), are of a definite conservative bent.

Posted by: John at October 11, 2004 5:41 PM

Any idea how many US missionaries are abroad these days? They always seem to be forgotten about in stories like these, since Ms. Eaves almost certainly knows nothing, and thinks even less, about them.

Posted by: brian at October 11, 2004 6:16 PM

The GOP is making an intense effort among the 250,000 people living in Israel but have American citizenship.

Posted by: Bart at October 11, 2004 6:19 PM

Hey, I resent that last remark.
I have lived in Europe for 9 years, yet I am conservative to the point that my European friends sometimes think I am a Fascist. Slate has no idea what they are talking about. I appreciate my country much more after seeing first hand how disfunctional European governments and societies are. In fact, I am seriously considering moving back to the States. Not for my sake, but for my children's sake.
Believe me, I won't be voting Democrat this year.

Posted by: MC at October 12, 2004 2:38 AM