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'We Germans Have
a Hard Time Understanding Why Americans would Vote for Romney' (Financial Times
"That a politician would voluntarily brand himself a cold-hearted capitalist is astonishing. ... We
Germans have a hard time understanding why so many Americans still want to cast
their ballots for Romney. Seeing him stumble along this way is more or less
what we had hoped for: welfare, health insurance, reconciliation with the rest
of the world - that is politics as we understand it. And because that is also
politics as Obama understands it, he is Europe's preferred candidate."
Translated By Stephanie Martin
September 22, 2012
- Financial Times Deutschland - Original Article (German)
Rarely has an American
politician compromised himself as severely as Mitt Romney when he
unceremoniously wrote off half the American people. But whether his blunder
will lead to an Obama victory is still just a matter of speculation.
The U.S. Presidential
Election: Of all the blunders Mitt Romney has made during the current
election campaign, this is the most serious. If the Republican presidential
candidate criticizes Olympic Games host Great Britain for being incompetent or
attacks presidential incumbent Obama, it's no big deal. But for him write off
half the U.S. population, that's something special: The candidate said that it
isn't his job to concern himself with 47 percent of the electorate - the 47
percent who allegedly rely on government assistance and are therefore allegedly
betting on Obama. That a politician would voluntarily brand himself a
cold-hearted capitalist is astonishing.
We Germans have a hard time understanding why so many
Americans still want to cast their ballots for Romney. Seeing him stumble along
this way is more or less what we had hoped for: welfare, health insurance, reconciliation
with the rest of the world - that is politics as we understand it. And because
that is also politics as Obama understands it, he is Europe's preferred candidate.
But the political culture in parts of America is different: more conservative, more religious, more
suspicious of the state and more focused on the rights of the individual. So
some statements that would be a scandal in Germany, in the U.S. barely result
in a short-term dip in popularity: None of his by now many - very many - verbal
gaffes have had any noticeable impact on Romney's poll numbers.
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And he's right: In the remaining 50 days until the election,
he won't be able to win over close to half the population - the died-in-the
wool Democrats. At the same time, many conservatives are relatively unconcerned
about the antics of the media nor even the fundamental weakness of Romney's
platform, believing that it is enough that Romney is not Obama. This election
will be decided by mobilizing the few remaining undecided voters.
The question is, who will this small percentage ultimately
vote for: the rich, cold-hearted capitalist, or Obama, the president of high
unemployment and rising national debt? At the moment, things are looking good
for the incumbent. According to the polls, he's ahead, albeit barely. But a lot
can still happen before Election Day. Disappointing employment figures could play
into Romney's hands, as could further unrest in the Middle East. He hasn't lost
yet - although winning isn't getting any easier.
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