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13 Oct

Events of Interest and Analyses, A Foreign Perspective

US midterms: Political freak show

 
During the current US midterm election campaigns, truth is most definitely stranger than fiction.
Cliff Schecter Last Modified: 13 Oct 2010
 
Linda McMahon with daughter Stephanie and the WWE’s own Triple H – who must be on the shortlist for chief of staff (a Rahm Emanuel in the making) if McMahon were to win a seat in the US Senate [Getty]  

I’m you, dear readers. Well, actually, I’m not. But I’m also not a witch, so at least I’ve got that going for me.

The above is of course a reference to Delaware’s favourite Wiccan of Wilmington, Republican Senate nominee Christine O’Donnell, who began her most recent television advertisement by assuring viewers that she, indeed, is “not a witch.” In past political years this might have been considered a bit low-brow, to actually have to assure the voting public you didn’t spend most days at dusk swooping over the heads of the Lollipop Guild.

The bar has been raised among this year’s crop of weirdos and wackadoos seeking higher office in America. If you don’t have the Second Amendment tattooed on your buttocks or actually think you’re The Walrus, don’t even try and claim to be among the craziest third of aspiring politicos on the current American landscape.

For Jay Leno may have once called politics “show business for ugly people.” But the larger truth these days is that a run for political office is a surefire way for those seeking a moment in the spotlight, but lacking any discernible talent or a handle on the truth, to have their hour in the headlines. It’s show business for crazy people.

Let’s take two brief examples. First, we have Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino in New York, whose fits of fury and chest-thumping bravado makes Jimmy Hoffa seem like Boy George……………………………………………………..

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Hungary sludge plant ‘to re-open’

Official says metals plant behind deadly toxic spill could resume production by Thursday as detained executive is freed.
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2010 16:35 GMT

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Chinese elders call for free press

Twenty-three veterans of the Communist Party write open letter, calling for scrapping of censorship rules…………………………………………………………………………….

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An education in inequality

Mya Guarnieri 13 Oct 2010

The school dropout rate for Palestinian-Israelis is almost double that of their Jewish counterparts……………………………………………………………………………………….

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Daniel Herrera, centre, the sixteenth miner to be rescued

Chile mine rescue

The strokes of luck that saved the 33

Guy Adams at the San José Mine: They may not take kindly to being called fortunate but from the very moment at which they were first trapped, destiny has certainly helped the miners……………………………………………………

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