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Time for endorsements

Jose M. de Areilza

January 30, 2008

Now that the New York Times has formally endorsed its favorite Democrat and Republican candidates (Hillary Clinton and John Mc Cain), all eyes are turned upon BlogEuropa.eu, waiting also for some kind of official backing, a decision that could seriously influence the outcome of the US primary elections -everybody knows that views of Europeans is a decisive factor for US voters all over the country.

Well, you are waiting in vain. BlogEuropa.eu will not endorse candidates, since it is a pluralistic blog, that values highly different opinions, debates and exchanges.

If you ask me, however, I personally have my favorites. On the Democrat camp, I ve got a crush on Obama. He does embody the American dream and he also insists we went to Law School together, I am not sure about it but it is a nice gesture on his side. I also like Bill Richardson, a great Hispanic leader, but he is no longer in the run -may be for Vicepresident?´

On the Republican side, I prefer Romney over Mc Cain and others. The former Governor of Massachussetts understands the economy and markets. But I have no clue if the Democrats will be able to win this time -they have a tendency not to miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.

My only prediction is that in any case future US foreign policy will be more enlightened and will improve, but only if the new President is able to resist the temptation of isolationism, in view of the less than brilliant results in Irak and specially Afganistan. Therefore, European neocons and progressive thinkers will be both disappointed. Regardless of party affiliation, the new US president will not feel like s/he is the heir to Bush and will not revere the UN without reform or propose some high award to honor Chirac and Schröder.

With a new US administration, we European will have the opportunity to work hard to strengthen the Atlantic partnership. We need to show we have the capacity to act and speak with one voice and that we can pull resources to work together with the US in worthy causes.

Comments (5) 12:43 pm |

5 Comments »

  1. José, te has enamorado de Obama. Estás hecho un americano.
    Yo ya he averiguado por qué gusta tanto: para los americanos Obama
    representa lo mismo que París, es decir, la ciudad en la que, creen,
    todo es amor y belleza y croissants y tonterías de esas de las
    películas…aunque luego les peguen los golpes más duros.

    Obama es “esperanza”, es…el deseo de un mundo mejor…sin tener que
    luchar por ello. Es Hollywood, es París…es esa cosa cursi que tienen
    los americanos…las ganas que tienen siempre de “enamorarse” de
    sentirse, como ellos dicen, “moved”. Es una película de Disney.

    Yo prefiero a Hillary, y la idea del “struggle”. Aunque claro,
    menudos los Clinton: deberían escribir un tratado de cómo hacer una campaña sucia.
    Qué duros son. A ver qué pasa. Es imposible averiguarlo.
    Meses apasionantes en USA.

    Un abrazo desde Nueva York
    Malcolm Nicholson

    Comment by Malcolm Nicholson — January 31, 2008 @ 7:41 pm

  2. Romney es un flip flopper nato, capaz de de declararse a favor de cualquier cosa liberal ( el matrimonio gay etc) para llegar a ser gobernador de Mass. y ahora cosas bien distintas para ganar el amor de la derecha dura republicana.

    Comment by Eamonn — January 31, 2008 @ 10:38 pm

  3. I’ve been struggling not to… but I just can’t help but to take the bait and put in my tuppence worth over José’s very provoking post declaring his crush on Obama…

    Starting with his closing remarks I’ll ask everybody to please excuse my bluntness but I think no-one would disagree in that the US foreign policy can only improve from where it is now… I don’t think there is even the need to discuss its current state of ‘enlightenment’… so I’ll save my thoughts over that.

    About Obama… Following the campaign and watching bits of his speeches here and there… (even following him -or whoever he has impersonating him- at twitter)… I get the same feeling I experience when watching a good ‘West Wing’ episode… (hard to find a mediocre one btw…)
    I get excited… though I wouldn’t go as far as to declare that a ‘crush’… ;-) , kinda ‘moved’ -Malcom I’m looking at you…- and well, you know, renewed hopes start flowing through my system.

    http://twitter.com/BarackObama
    http://tfserna.wordpress.com

    All the best, TFS

    Comment by tfserna — February 1, 2008 @ 12:29 pm

  4. Estimado Malcolm,

    en tu post no explicas por qué es mejor la lucha y el juego sucio que la esperanza y el deseo de un mundo mejor. vivimos en una era de feelings y esto tiene su parte buena. ain utopia, incluido las versiones Disney, acaberiamos volviendonos todos perezosos mentales.
    Obama por otra parte ha luchado lo suyo para llegar hasta aquí, no ha tenido una vida fácil y ha trabajado muy duro.

    Kind Regards, Jose

    Comment by JMA — February 3, 2008 @ 2:02 pm

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