As political forces in Germany jockey for position in the near-deadlocked elections, I find myself amazed at the behavior of the German Left and its pathetic poster-boy, Gerhard Schroder. Yes, Merkel had a big lead weeks ago and it dwindled up to election day similar to Richard Nixon's shrinking lead in 1968. But in the end, like Nixon, Merkel won and the CDU won. Yet, Schroder is going around acting like he won and even has the "chutzpah," says the Financial Times, to say that he could very well remain Chancellor. I'm reminded of the special Congressional election a few months ago in Ohio. The GOP candidate won in the heavily Republican district, but not by a lot, so the Democrats went around acting like they won and that now it was just one small step to a Congressional majority and the White House. What is the point of all this? Is it to keep the faithful in good spirits? Yes, in the short-term, but in the long run, it makes them look like fools, or it should. We criticize the media a lot for their liberal-bias and snide comments and reporting disguised as journalism. For me, however, this pales in comparison to the media's wont to serve as a conveyance of unmistakable flummery to the public without so much as a twitch from their collective brow. Only the Financial Times, from what I can see, is willing to call a spade a spade.
UPDATE: The good Captain is more inclined to agree that Schroder does indeed have a chance to cling to power. *Sigh* Kinda make you appreciate our winner-take-all form of government, doesn't it?