The feeling is familiar. I had it four years ago and four years before that: a sinking feeling in the stomach. It’s a kind of physical pessimism which says: “It’s happening again. The Democrats are about to lose an election they should win – and it could not matter more.”
Jonathan Freedland in The Guardian, actually, he’s writing from TheMotherShip™ about Barack and our position in the world.
If [McCain wins], what will be the reaction? Yes, blue-state America will go into mourning once again, feeling estranged in its own country. A generation of young Americans – who back Obama in big numbers – will turn cynical, concluding that politics doesn’t work after all. And, most depressing, many African-Americans will decide that if even Barack Obama – with all his conspicuous gifts – could not win, then no black man can ever be elected president.But what of the rest of the world? This is the reaction I fear most. For Obama has stirred an excitement around the globe unmatched by any American politician in living memory. Polling in Germany, France, Britain and Russia shows that Obama would win by whopping majorities, with the pattern repeated in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. If November 4 were a global ballot, Obama would win it handsomely. If the free world could choose its leader, it would be Barack Obama.~~snip~~If Americans choose McCain, they will be turning their back on the rest of the world, choosing to show us four more years of the Bush-Cheney finger. And I predict a deeply unpleasant shift.Until now, anti-Americanism has been exaggerated and much misunderstood: outside a leftist hardcore, it has mostly been anti-Bushism, opposition to this specific administration. But if McCain wins in November, that might well change. Suddenly Europeans and others will conclude that their dispute is with not only one ruling clique, but Americans themselves. For it will have been the American people, not the politicians, who will have passed up a once-in-a-generation chance for a fresh start – a fresh start the world is yearning for. ~~snip~~what does that say about today’s America, that the world’s esteem is now unwanted? If Americans reject Obama, they will be sending the clearest possible message to the rest of us – and, make no mistake, we shall hear it.
Lemme think about this one… Hmmmm. And hmmmm again.
OK, I’ve thought it over. Tell ya what Johnnyboy,
Let me make it real clear for you. You want to hate us? OK. You deal with the Russians. You deal with the Iranians. When Islamic terrorists blow your pathetic little countries to their knees, go cry to someone else.
About 700,000 American servicemen gave their lives in the last century so you Eurotrash wouldn’t be speaking German. The US Military and Ronald Reagan/Maggie Thatcher made it possible for you to escape the Russian Bear. Remember the Iron Lady? She was the last Brit with balls. And brains.
So, defend yourselves. See if you can muster up a EuroArmy. Maybe this time we won’t bail your ungrateful butts out. Buy a prayer rug. Learn Arabic. Go to Hell.
And hey, if you want the Obamessiah so bad, after McCain & Palin skin him and leave him for the wolves, haul his ass to Europe and make him President of the EU.
Don’t call us chump. We’ll call you. Not.