Just for the record. If I had a vote today, That One would get it

by Stephen Tall on November 6, 2012

So he’s not a Liberal. Not really. Not by British standards. But he is a Democrat. So he’s half-way there.

Perhaps more to the point: he’s not a Republican.

Surely the biggest single reason so many of us in Europe are hoping President Obama wins re-election today is that the thought of the current Republican Party occupying the White House is too scary to imagine.

If Romney could be Romney — the Romney who was the moderate, business-like governor of Massachussetts, that is — it would be fine. But whoever Romney was is not, alas, who the Republican nominee for President is.

That’s a shame. Not simply because it’s still possible Romney will win. But also because President Obama should have been challenged harder to justify not just his first term of office, but at least as importantly how he will spend his second term. Instead his campaign has been able to settle just for demonising his opponent.

Still, my fingers will be firmly crossed for an Obama victory today. The Economist’s endorsement summed it up pretty neatly:

… for all his shortcomings, Mr Obama has dragged America‚Äôs economy back from the brink of disaster, and has made a decent fist of foreign policy. So this newspaper would stick with the devil it knows, and re-elect him.


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Credits: ‘That One’ poster via JibJab; ‘Hope’ poster via Obamiconme.