Still Pissed Off About the Hawley-Smoot Tariff

Tuesday, September 07, 2004

This is interesting

Via Instapundit, this story says France and Germany are facing some very serious internal problems.

I'm not posting this just to gloat. Rather, the story is interesting as giving lie to a liberal asusmption that America is highly divided (and that's a bad thing, and Bush's fault), while European nations are unified (and therefore we should be more like them). More later, when I have a chance to look into this some more.

Update: Hat tip to my wife, who points out that if Chirac is considered the conservative choice in France, there's nothing at all to gloat about in seeing Chirac falter. Her observation seems to be at least partially borne out by this report on Gerhard Schroeder's recent string of losses, because as his socialist party wanes, the big winners are the communists and the neo-Nazis. Cripes, can't they pick something that at least resembles moderate?