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Economist Endorses Kerry

In the category of "Where did that come from?", the Economist news magazine has endorsed Kerry. This amuses me in part because recently, when I mentioned to my father that I read the Economist often, he seemed rather taken aback (I believe he said something along the lines of "Why do you read those right-wingers archconservatives?").

Yes, The Economist is a magazine that cares first and foremost about data, business, numbers, finance, and global trade. Their typical article features trend lines, numerical tables, and bar charts. But it's been clear for a while that the City bankers aren't thrilled with Bush's economic record.

And the thing is, though the Economist is usually closer to the WSJ than to Daily Kos, its really not that partisan. Yes, they are a British magazine making an endorsement for a race they can't vote in. But that's the joy of it: they view American politics with a sort of dispassion and distance that only seems possible from intercontinental distances. American conservatives and liberals alike just can't get much perspective on the race; we're too caught up in it.

I'm totally tickled by this endorsement.

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bobhowe
Oct. 28th, 2004 06:38 pm (UTC)
Like you I found this endorsement amusing and mildly cheering. I suspect that few of the voters will be swayed by it, but it does underline just how far off the reservation the Bush administration has driven its war wagon.
shunn
Oct. 29th, 2004 08:05 am (UTC)
We should bloody just send those bleeding-heart Economist wankers over to bloody Europe where they belong.
xenmis
Oct. 29th, 2004 05:23 pm (UTC)
hee hee
While waiting for that silly webcast to start, I thought I'd comment...

Most of europe says they would prefer Kerry. But that is because

"We prefer the UNKNOWN to the known in this case." I have not met a single brit who knows anything about what Kerry stands for, they just know that he is NOT Bush.

*laughs* I voted for the libertarian, btw... I mailed my ballot today. :)
shunn
Nov. 1st, 2004 07:18 am (UTC)
Re: hee hee
Did you see the American responses to the British letters the Guardian solicited from its readers?

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uselections2004/story/0,13918,1329858,00.html
the_monkey_king
Oct. 29th, 2004 10:34 pm (UTC)
*snort*

Damn straight pardner. Put 'em on the same reservation as them Frenchies. Always talking about damn "trade liberalisation". Cain't be trusted.
shunn
Nov. 2nd, 2004 09:57 am (UTC)
And what the hell is up with that cricket crap? I'll give you a sticky wicket, limey scum.
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