JS-Kit/Echo comments for article at http://smallestminority.blogspot.com/2010/06/its-not-just-here.html (7 comments)

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jsid-1275912882-218  Ken at Mon, 07 Jun 2010 12:14:42 +0000

The überpost for this one could just be a reprint of Hayek's "Why the Worst Get on Top."

jsid-1275920640-172  Quent at Mon, 07 Jun 2010 14:24:00 +0000

The Canadians, Americans and British have the same problem.

jsid-1275931475-848  SiGraybeard at Mon, 07 Jun 2010 17:24:40 +0000

I think this is full of WIN.  Mr. Don Key winning by almost 2:1 over his nearest competitor.

jsid-1275951534-366  LabRat at Mon, 07 Jun 2010 22:58:54 +0000

I'm not so sure.  Seems like if you present such a selection to any nation with a sense of humor and a high degree of cultural cynicism about politics and politicians, this is what you'll get even in a period where the reigning class are (relativley) popular.

jsid-1275953771-250  TimP at Mon, 07 Jun 2010 23:36:11 +0000 in reply to jsid-1275951534-366

Yeah, I agree with LabRat; I would expect Don Key to win even if both Abbott and Rudd where very popular. Abbott's a big-state "conservative", Rudd's a incompetent socialist, and Brown is a nut-job. About the only politician I'm actually hoping wins is John Humphreys who's running for the Liberals in Griffith (meaning he'll be running against Rudd)*, who is an actual classicaly liberal (closer to libertarian than democrat), unlike most of the "Liberals". Also even though Abbott (Liberals) is the most popular, because of the second-preferences for the Greens (Brown) Labour (Rudd) will probably win the next election.

* Australian elections in a nutshell: The country is divided into around 200 electorates each with approximately 100,000 people. Each electorate elects one person to the House of Representatives, and which ever party (or coalition of parties) gets the most people in the House gets to choose the ministers, including the Prime Minister, from amoung the representatives and the senators. (The Senate gets 12 members from each state and four more from the two territories.) The people listed in the polls are the leaders of the three main parties, so they will probably become the Prime Minister if their party wins, but it's entirely possible for them to lose their local electorate, while their party actually wins.

jsid-1276005951-190  Sarah at Tue, 08 Jun 2010 14:05:51 +0000

In Finland, Mickey Mouse consistently garners a significant share of the votes in the presidential election. You'd think someone would be alarmed at this lack of interest in any of the candidates, but, as the article says, the voters have become numbed into accepting mediocrity.

jsid-1276150609-302  Sendarius at Thu, 10 Jun 2010 06:16:49 +0000

I would be DELIGHTED if Australian politicians were mediocre - instead I find most of them to be actively evil.

The only ones NOT actively evil are those too stupid to recognise self interest.

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