Friday, October 26, 2012

America's Election And Unintended Irony: European Election Monitors Edition

Rod Dreher points out that Europeans seem confused by Americans' political angst:
It’s hardly an original observation, but watching the last month of the American presidential contest from Europe really brings home how crackpot Americans are about their elections. From here, there appears to be very, very little difference between Obama and Romney. Obama is generally more conservative than the French conservatives, for crying out loud! Hell, he’s more conservative than Richard Nixon. And for American liberals who think Romney is a right-wing whack job, and that crazy crypto-fascists are steadily advancing, they should be in a country where the National Front is a major political player.
Meanwhile, Tod Kelly reports that the ACLU, the NAACP, and other liberal groups have asked"the UN-affiliated watchdog Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)" to supply election monitors. The American groups believe that European observers will “help to improve  [American] citizen’s trust and confidence in election results.” These observers will come come from noted liberal democracies like "Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Albania and Bosnia," so I, for one, am certain that our elections will not be tainted.

Kelly concludes:
I understand liberal activists’ desire to make sure that electoral shenanigans don’t disenfranchise the poor, minorities and the elderly – especially after the voter ID law measures the GOP has taken.  But honestly, what do they expect is going to happen by bringing in monitors from freaking Kazakhstan?  If there is a better way to make sure that Americans actually ignore legitimate instances of fraud or intimidation than having it reported by Eastern European nationals, it’s not coming to mind.  Bringing in the OSCE doesn’t strike me as a way to solve a problem; it strikes me as a way to fire up your base at the possible expense of making it worse.  If I had to think of one word to describe it, it would be “Rovian.”

As for the Republican Talk-Radio crowd using this as a method to get their base to pull out their checkbooks because UN black helicopters are just over the horizon, all I can say is…  ah, fish it.  Why even bother at this point?
Am I the only one who thinks it ironic that people who think Romney may be a fascist are asking Albanians to monitor polling places or that people who think that America's political parties are nearly identical are going to monitor US elections and by doing so give ammunition to a political fringe that believes that Obama and Europe represent the Anti-Christ? Something about these stories makes me believe that a bunch of folks didn't get the memo that the Cold War ended in the late 1980s.

America's Election And Unintended Irony: European Election Monitors Edition

1 comment:

Ken Santema said...

I just shook my head when seeing this yesterday. However I do think Kelly calling this "Rovian" is spot on. I also think you are right that many believe the cold war is going on to this day. Better build yourself a bunker!