A fascinating look in Der Spiegal at various German papers’ interpretations of Lieberman’s loss in Connecticut. None are particularly happy about it, even though few think the GOP is anything but a disaster. Left wing paper focuses on “the kiss,” and say Clinton (who also should be defeated for the same anti-war reasons) isn’t likely to provide such an easy photo op with Bush. Center left says Democrats’s war policy is “despicable and distressingly discordant,” allowing a “grass-roots riot” to overwhelm the party — which, come November, will have pushed the Dems too far left to serve as a home for the many, many dissatisfied Republicans.
The conservative Die Welt might be most interesting, complaining that the U.S. needs a Democratic victory, but not *these* Democrats. The US is crippling itself, with a decaying health care and social security infrastructure, and a New New Deal party needs to step up, it argues.