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Inconsequential Losses

The wait is over. Mitt might have the Des Moines Register on his side, but yesterday, Britain’s liberal daily, the Independent, endorsed Obama to be president of the United States. And, as if that’s not bad enough, today, Le Monde used Martin Wolf to echo the Financial Times’ endorsement of the Democratic candidate. For Romney, things are falling apart in Europe faster than you can say “Greek crisis.” One after another, newspapers and broadcasters on this side of the Atlantic are falling in line with their ideological allies in the U.S. — the New York Times and the Washington Post — in supporting Obama’s unseen vision for America. The obvious question must be asked: If Romney has lost Europe, has he lost anything at all?

The U.S. election is leading most news bulletins on French and British broadcasts, and most journos report a probable victory for their guy. But not only do their opinions not matter to American voters, they don’t really matter to Europeans, either, as Mario Platero at Milan’s Sole 24 Ore (English translation here, via PressEurop), notes. It must be humbling to be a European editorialist and realize that outside your cubicle, you have less significance than David Axelrod’s facial hair.

Denis BoylesDennis Boyles is a writer, editor, former university lecturer, and the author/editor of several books of poetry, travel, history, criticism, and practical advice, including Superior, Nebraska (2008), Design Poetics (1975), ...

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