Monday, October 11, 2004

Washout down under

John Howard, one of the key leaders of the US "coalition" in Iraq, won reelection in a cakewalk.

In hindsight, I'm surprised it was as close as it was, at least as it appeared through most of the election cycle. The economy is just HUMMING. Iraq is almost a non issue now, since they have around 300 soldiers there, in noncombat roles.

If you just consider the situation in Australia, specifically, economic conditions, it would've been shocking had he lost. The economy was in the toilet a few years before he came on, which I'm sure a lot of voters remembered. And Howard can run on this issue all day. Economic issues are even more important in Oz than they are in the states. I don't like Howard (he seems to be a pathalogical liar), although he's more tolerable than Bush. Conservatives in Oz are like Republican lite. I really wanted him to lose just because it would have been one more member of the "coalition" going down in flames. Oh well.

-MB

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