Wednesday, November 08, 2006

International Response To Dem Sweep

In my wildest dreams, I could not have imagined a sweeter victory than Election Day 2006 turned out to be. I am so appreciative of the countless number of people who worked so hard to achieve such an outstanding result. Howard Dean and the Dems got it right, after all. Finally, the system of checks-and-balances returns to America.

Here's some of what they're saying around the globe. Certainly, nobody seems to be dispassionate when it comes to American politics. Some of the articles were a bit more cynical of Democrats than I would have expected. It still makes for some interesting reading.

Shrill, revenge thirsty activists need balancing
London Times
The Democrats themselves know that they must balance the demands of their activists — who are thirsting for revenge on the Bush Administration and shrilly calling for troops to be brought home — with the needs of the centrist voters who gave them their victory in this election.

When Ms Pelosi took the stage at the Democrats’ exultant victory party in the small hours of the morning, there were wild cheers as she declared: “Mr President, we need a new direction in Iraq.” But the applause was noticeably more muted when she promised that Democrats would govern by “working together with the Administration and the Republicans in Congress.”
Revenge of the righteous right
Irish Examiner
Many hailed the results as a victory for democracy. It shows that people are free to object to the policy of their government, but to say that the vote was for “a change in direction”, as Senator Hillary Clinton and others stated, is a little simplistic.

What changes were people voting for? The American stock market has been at a record high in recent days, as is employment, while unemployment and taxes are at a twenty-year low.

Tax revenue is at a record high, and the value of people’s homes have more than doubled in recent years. Somehow, it seems unlikely that people were calling for a change of direction on those policies.

The American exit polls indicated that the main issue was not the Iraq War but the various scandals that plagued the Republicans in the past year. The election results apparently had more to do with the revenge of the righteous right, than the war in Iraq.
Quietly mourn a Republican passing
Times of India
Right, so the Democrats have come. It’s a train India saw coming, as did the rest of the world. But South Block will probably be one of a tiny minority that will quietly mourn a Republican passing.

...the bellwether issue in the new and improved US-India relations is the nuclear deal, and the Democrats are clear opponents. What’s keeping fingers crossed here is, will the deal make it through the lame-duck session of the Senate with Democrats taking over Capitol Hill? The underlying fear here is if the Bill were to go back to the drawing board in January, a Democrat-controlled House of Representatives may insert conditions that could make it very difficult for India to swallow.
Pelosi will sicken Republican conservatives
Mail & Guardian (South Africa)
Nancy Pelosi, a hate figure for the Republican right, is poised to become the first woman speaker in United States Congressional history after the Democrats election triumph

...The prospect of the high-profile San Francisco politician assuming the high-ranking position will sicken Republican conservatives.

Republican congressman Roy Blunt summed up the mood of her critics on the right before the election, describing the idea of Pelosi becoming speaker as "plain scary".


Naomi said...

Disturbing! I checked for media ownership and found no overt sign of Rupert Murdoch's filthy fingerprints...

I'd say India's self-interest in gaining more nuclear capability has the government on edge. But still...

Ireland--I couldn't quite say what their motive is...

South Africa? From the owner's name, I'd say he's probably a black-nationalist. Could he be against women in power? But still, it's the 21st century...

Ah, London! There's that word "shrill" again. I haven't read enough London Times to determine their "political flavour". But still...

In true whiny Dem fashion, I'll suggest the filthy hand of Karl Rove, spinning the perceptions and tainting the victory.

Remember: It's all about the "frame"--if you build the frame, you get to say what the image is...


scootmandubious said...

I thought it was curious, in light of the fact that the overall global response to a shift in balance of power was quite positive.

I realize it was a rather small sample and maybe not quite so obvious at first glance.

However, I am pretty sensitized to even subtle media bias and these passages sort of jumped out at me.

Bluebear2 said...

The neocon pundits are already jumping on the bandwagon bearing out the report from South Africa's Mail & Guardian.

Anonymous said...

The London Times is Murdoch owned. Usually pretty centrist (UK centrsit that is) but ocassional glimpses of more right wing sentiments. People don't seem to get that murdoch will take whatever pose is popular and lucrative. In the UK his mouthpieces would be considered liberal by US conservatives

gregorybrian said...

Most of the world's population seems happy that George Bush will no longer be the sole US representative to the world in the form of an upturned fist with the middle finger protruding toward the heavens.

The newspaper editorials don't seem to represent most of the world but instead appear to be nothing more than Bush & Co. cronies and sycophants.