Condescension

When it comes to US elections, you’d think this is the 51st state. The interest is overwhelming and the presumption is to meddle and pass judgment.

Tonight I was watching the BBC coverage over George Allen’s concession and the Democrats confirmation of control over the Senate. The reporter Stateside was as great pains to make sure the British public didn’t get too excited about this development.

After all, we were informed, Jim Webb is no liberal, even by American standards. He’s “gun nut”. He got his first gun when he was eight years old and he gave his son his first gun when he was eight. Don’t forget, he’s still a crazy American.

Yes, for Brits it’s all exciting that the Republicans no longer have control of Congress, but they are all still unenlightened colonials.

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