I stumbled across this author and an interesting 'Diary' entry concerning American politics.
It's dated, (2006), and you can spot some failed predictions/perceptions, but the article does make some interesting observations.
London Review of Books - Diary - John Lanchester
The John Kerry anecdote at the beginning leads to party politics, the net's political blogosphere, and Main Stream Media musings.
A couple observations brought out the 'Hmm..." in me;
The Net's political blogosphere is the Left's counter to Right-wing talk radio... Hmm...
Folks of other nations, (politically-minded ones), view American elections with a sense of impotence; they know the results may impact them, but there is nothing they can do to affect the outcome.
Then he really hooked me with a bit from the TV series 'The West Wing'.
Instantly, Donald Trump came to mind... A pre-2006 TV series statement... Hmm...
So, from the Brit's perspective America is the nation most feared and hated and the outcome of its elections gives those on the outside a sense of impotence as not able to affect the outcome.
That is how we are seen by the outside. My opinion of Bush was the same as the author.
BTW, I missed you in the debate about lobbying and campaign finance. I will try to dredge up the thread and give an opinion.
Have a great weekend.....
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