Falmarri wrote:This. People in other countries don't know or don't care what obama's going to do about capital gains tax, gun control, social security reform, or any of the other policies that could affect us but not affect them. Besides, they see him as the more liberal candidate and that wins him their vote regardless of any actual stance or policy.
Voters typically pick a position they believe will benefit themselves. Anyone outside the country doesn't have to be as concerned about the candidates' stances on domestic policy, since they'll mainly be affected by their stances on trade and foreign policy. I'd fully expect one candidate to have a lead over another; unfortunately, that doesn't say anything about who should be president of this country.
I mean, if I voted in the last French election, I'd probably pick Sarkozy. If I were actually French, maybe I'd've picked Royale. Thing is, considering that I'm not French and I don't have the same context in which to interpret domestic French issues, I don't really have much of a reason to judge who they should or shouldn't elect. ...well, within reason; Le Pen is too far-gone for any sane person to go for.
Iv wrote:In 2002 in the French presidential elections, Jacques Chirac (right wing) was elected by 82.2% of voters aginst Jean-Marie Le Pen (far right). Some commentators went on comparing this election to a US rep vs a US dem. In fact, US republicans would probably fall in the far right end of the political spectrum here.
Oh no, I'd disagree there. The Republicans are nowhere near as awful as the FN. Can you imagine the Republicans running an ad like "Don't let those Mexicans control the vote" and basing their platform on anti-Mexican racism? If someone says they're Republican, I wouldn't lose any respect for them. If someone told me they supported Le Pen, I'd probably try and dissociate myself from them if I could.
The UMP is closer to the US Republicans, though likely further left of them. The Socialists, similarly, are further left of the US Democrats. Although, since not all of the US parties' platforms are straightforward or unified (on account of having a two-party system, if you ask me) there's still much ambiguity. The only one that comes to mind as being close to the FN is Pat Buchanan. KF