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    The World from Berlin: "The World Bids Farewell to O"

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    The nation that accepted BO with a standing ovation & a free rock concert is now having her doubts about America's favorite son:

    The World from Berlin: The World Bids Farewell to O - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International

    Center-left daily Süddeutsche Zeitung writes on Thursday:
    "O made a serious misjudgement. Right at the beginning of his first year in office, he saved the banks, rescued the automobile industry from collapse and passed a huge economic stimulus package. He had hoped that these enormous deeds would give him the space to address those issues which are dearest to him: health care reform, climate change and investment in education."

    "Those issues, however, are clearly not priorities for people in the US at the moment. SB campaigned on two promises, both of which apparently struck a nerve with the electorate. He wants to block health care reform and he wants to find ways to reduce the enormous budget deficit. It is here where the roots of dissatisfaction with O are to be found. His reform agenda, in its current form, is highly suspect to Americans. And they have the impression that, if he continues piling up debt, he will be gambling away the country's future."

    The Financial Times Deutschland writes:
    "For O, the election in Massachusetts means that he will have to re-evaluate his political style. He could now focus his concentration on his political base and push through his policy agenda. After all, he still has a majority in Congress -- he could back away from his strategy of bipartisanship ... which would mean giving up much of what he spent his first year in office creating."

    "More likely, however, is that O will interpret the Massachusetts loss as a signal that he should move further toward the middle and make more concessions to the conservatives -- even if this alienates his base even further, a base which had high expectations from the 'yes we can' candidate."

    "For everyone else in the world, this means that they will have to bid farewell to a candidate for whom the hopes were so high. They will have to say goodbye to the charisma they fell in love with. O will be staying home after all."

    The left-leaning daily Die Tageszeitung writes:
    "In addition to health care reform, O's reputation has primarily been harmed by the high unemployment rate and the increasingly unpopular war in Afghanistan. It will become even more difficult in the future for the president to push projects through successfully. Not just because Republicans now have a means of preventing it, but also because the Democratic camp is deeply divided. Some would like to see the party shift toward the center -- wherever that may be -- whereas others want the party to position itself to the left. Such a battle is hardly a good sign for the mid-term elections in November. Massachusetts could prove to be an omen."

    The center-right Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung writes:
    "Of course the president rejects the interpretation that the Massachusetts election was a referendum on his first year in the White House. But he cannot ignore the fact that his health care reform package is not popular, the situation of the country's finances is seen as threatening and many voters blame the high unemployment rate on the party in power -- on the Democrats, led by O. The result is a second year in office full of very different challenges than the first. To save what there is to be saved, O will have to be prepared to fashion a bipartisan compromise on health care -- a compromise with a Republican Party which has tasted blood and can now dream once again about a return to power."
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    For some reason I'm having a hard time caring what German journalists think about domestic American politics. But of course I don't really care what American journalists think either, so...

    Anyone ever consider that the Republicans won in Mass. because they had a better candidate? Or is that too far fetched?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tipton View Post
    For some reason I'm having a hard time caring what German journalists think about domestic American politics. But of course I don't really care what American journalists think either, so...

    Anyone ever consider that the Republicans won in Mass. because they had a better candidate? Or is that too far fetched?
    I think it is pretty obvious that he won for that reason. The reasons why he was a better candidate are also pretty clear to those who voted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by specialknyc View Post
    I think it is pretty obvious that he won for that reason. The reasons why he was a better candidate are also pretty clear to those who voted.
    In an interview with ABC News, President O blamed (you guessed it) President B.

    “Here's my assessment of not just the vote in Massachusetts but the mood around the country: The same thing that swept S B into office swept me into office,” O said. “People are angry and they are frustrated. Not just because of what's happened in the last year or two years but what's happened over the last eight years.”

    That makes as much sense as saying O was swept into office one year ago on a wave of anti-O sentiment. But the President actually unintentionally nailed it later in the interview.

    “We were so busy just getting stuff done and dealing with the immediate crises that were in front of us that I think we lost that sense of, you know, speaking directly to the American people about what their core values are,” O said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tipton View Post
    ....Anyone ever consider that the Republicans won in Mass. because they had a better candidate? Or is that too far fetched?
    Is that sort of like, she won the beauty contest because she's hot, or he is the fastest because he finished first, or the guy with the highest IQ may be the smartest, etc. Too far fetched? I think its more like obvious.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tipton View Post
    For some reason I'm having a hard time caring what German journalists think about domestic American politics. But of course I don't really care what American journalists think either, so...

    Anyone ever consider that the Republicans won in Mass. because they had a better candidate? Or is that too far fetched?
    Oh, so now world opinion does not matter.
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