Saturday, November 06, 2004

Lessons from the Guardian

Michael Ledeen on the Guardian and Election 2004 on National Review Online:
To say [the Guardian's] scheme backfired is to fail to give it proper credit. It ranks right up there with the worst political schemes, ever. It so disgruntled the Buckeyes that the Guardian called it off after a few weeks. And its impact on American political history seems to have been considerable. As the excellent Peter Roff of UPI tells us, 'Turnout in Clark County, according to unofficial data from the office of Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell, was almost twice what it was in the 2000 election
What can we learn? Americans really don't like other people telling us how to run our country. I thought the English would have gotten this messge in 1776. Certianly we don't appreciate them telling us to elect the Neville Chamberlain of our day. (Hey, Guardian, appeasement didn't really work out to well for you with Chamberlain either, why should we adopt it now?)

So did the Guardian's effort to influence the vote work? Yes, just not the way they expected. Hat tip to LGF.

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