March 5, 2008


The whole world watches (The Ottawa Citizen, March 05, 2008)

The United States is different. A presidential election is as much an international story as a domestic one. Many foreigners watch American elections more closely than they do elections at home, because U.S. government policy can have more influence on their lives than the policies of their own governments.

The international dimension of U.S. presidential politics was made clear this week, when Canada became part of the story. Canadian officials had become alarmed by the protectionist, anti-trade rhetoric coming out of Barack Obama's campaign. Reports say one of Mr. Obama's advisors quietly assured Canadian diplomats that Mr. Obama had no real plans to sever trade with Canada (the implication being that the Democratic candidate was merely pandering, temporarily, to the anti-trade wing of his party).

News of the secret conversation got out and now Mr. Obama is being pressed to explain where, exactly, he stands.

The lesson for American politicians is that everybody is watching.

It's like a reality show...only real.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 5, 2008 8:45 AM

The lesson for American politicians is that everybody is watching.

The lesson for "everybody" is that we don't care.

Posted by: Ibid at March 5, 2008 9:11 AM

Ibid, you got that right.

Posted by: Bartman at March 5, 2008 1:27 PM

The world can't seem to understand that we really don't care.

Posted by: erp at March 5, 2008 7:15 PM

Rush had a short riff today about an Obama comment where he described his 81 year-old grandfather (?) in Uganda, watching the returns of the Iowa caucii, and saying that such an event showed how globally inspiring American politics could be.

Me, I thought if the US killed Mugabe this afternoon, and maybe Chavez tonight, people would be a lot happier. Otherwise, just air-drop TVs into Africa that only play PBS.

Posted by: ratbert at March 5, 2008 11:32 PM