by the way... i don't know how many people have actually gone to world papers in the last 12 hours. I did.
I saw a mixed review of the events here in California.
for more on the topic see:http://www.msnbc.com/news/977517.asp?0dm=H25IN
go to the thread for the whole thing...
but here were a few notes...kind of curious.. and by the way, I loathe the idea of Governor Schwartznegger...
UNCHARTED POLITICAL TERRITORY’
London’s Evening Standard newspaper said Schwarzenegger’s election “takes the state and perhaps even the United States into uncharted political territory.”
“California has elected a right-wing movie actor as its Governor before — Ronald Reagan — but never one so completely inexperienced in the world of politics and government,” the Evening Standard wrote.
But some expressed admiration for an American rags-to-riches story.
French Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy broke with the generally condescending tone in the French media to say most French would look down on any politician who had not gone to an elite school.
“Someone who was a foreigner in the country with an unpronounceable name came become governor of the largest state in the United States — that’s not nothing!”
Erik Aasard, head of the Swedish Institute for North American Studies at the University of Uppsala, said the outcome could be explained only by voter dissatisfaction with the economy.
“The only way to explain this is not so much that Schwarzenegger is an attractive candidate — which he certainly is — but that the voters are enormously dissatisfied with the California administration, and especially the fact that the economy has been so bad for the past years,” Aasard said.
‘CANNOT BE IMAGINED IN CHINA’
In communist China, where leaders aren’t democratically elected and dissent isn’t tolerated, several Internet users posted messages on a news commentary board at the popular Web site Sohu.com.
“This cannot be imagined in China,” said one, who did not sign the message.
In Japan, television news gave the Hollywood star’s victory top billing. “It’s the American dream,” said Hideya Sugio, the anchor of the evening news at TBS, a national network.