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Note to RNC: Increase Namibian ad spend.Looky The Economist has a nifty Interactive Feature that shows, conclusively, the only place in the world where people like John McCain is in sub-Saharan Africa! (Namibia is known, colloquially, as “the West Virginia of Africa.”) Iraq or Cuba would also take him, but we doubt he’d accept the offer.

It is so cute when The Economist tries to explain to the rest of the world how our retarded electoral college works. It is also very charming when they include a weird graphic of two naked furries on a see-saw, like characters from Equus, to illustrate how Obama is kicking McCain’s ass. Also WTF Moldova, what did Barack Obama ever do to you, that you would “lean McCain” like that?

Vote Obama or McCain: Global Electoral College [The Economist via Boozhy]

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  1. I suspect that in some of these countries the only people with Internet connections are the landed gentry whose grip on power has largely been funded by the American right… or maybe the name “McCain” just sounds a lot like the name of a local fertility goddess or something.

  2. The United States would carry 437 electoral votes, not 432. It’s got 435 through its representatives, plus two for its senators, plus three for Washington DC. Get it right!

  3. How hard is it to submit a vote? I mean, is it an online thing where a snickering Wisconsin teenager can just go “huh huh, yeah, I’m from like, Mongolia and I love Obama.”

    I find it hard to believe that enough people in all of these countries gave enough of a shit about a foreign country’s election that they’d go online to find some magazine, any magazine, where their voice could be heard in a pointless poll

  4. [re=146464]mattbolt[/re]: But don’t you know we’re that shining light on a hill of a thousand points of light!? They all look to us for the guidance.

  5. [re=146473]JamesMichaelCurley[/re]: Dammit, math is hard. I quit.

    But if every country gets two senators, then the United States should only get two, too; otherwise the Global Senate will be too crowded and they’d never get their lunch orders straight.

  6. [re=146464]mattbolt[/re]: Hey, my uncle lives in a city in Somaliland (not the one where pirates rule, but the peaceful one) and he regulary reads The Economist. People in other parts of the world I find are more engaged in American elections because they know how much they are affected by American Foreign Policy.

  7. Obama currently has 100% of the vote in Uzbekistan. Perhaps this confirms Barry’s secret Muslimness as the president of Uzbekistan is named Islam Karimov…

  8. Here, in the Canada, we’re almost 90% in the tank for Obama. Yet, last week, in our third general election in five years, my moronic fellow countrymen voted back in that fuckfaced neocon, Steven Harper. The good news on that is he has no power to do what he’d like to do which is to fuck us all over like Bush did to you guys. So, there is something to be said about the parliamentary system of government. Just keep on voting in minority governments, doesn’t really matter who. They’re always outnumbered by the elected opposition parties, so therefore have no balls…..

  9. [re=146498]Rozalia[/re]: The reason Harper won was the exact same reason Bush won in ’04. The guy that the Dems/Liberals fielded was a lame duck, and voters went with the current guy rather than testing the weirdo.

    Parallels between Stephane Dion and Kerry:

    [x] Weren’t their party’s first choice, were really no-name 3rd place guys in the leadership race until they somehow beat out the star candidates through a bizarre series of alliances
    [x] Painted as being out-of-touch, French pussies by conservative rivals
    [x] A compromise candidate, not as charismatic or charming as people were hoping
    [x] Got fucked by a long, hard smear campaign (Swift boated vs. Dion’s Tax on Everything’d)
    [ ] Both forgot Poland

  10. OMG, Iceland is like a third world country now. It’s getting two billion dollars from IMF. I should start reading Naomi Kline’s “The Shock Doctrine.” She’s on to something.

  11. [re=146475]freakishlystrong[/re]: Isn’t this whole thing skewed/rigged to reflect just paid Economist subscriber’s votes? I tried to vote and all I got was a sign-up screen. Or is it because I’m in the USA that I’m an elite that thinks that we’re better than everybody else and not allowed to vote for free?

  12. [re=146514]mattbolt[/re]:
    Don’t forget the smugness that we wouldn’t be hit financially like US America has been hit. Not that we export some 70% of our total exports to US America or anything…

  13. [re=146454]AngryBlakGuy[/re]:

    A friend emailed this morning parroting the RNC’s spin. Just HOW did Obama get all that money? Why won’t he come clean about who gave it to him, etc.

    I told him that everytime Palin speaks on television, millions of people immediately go to Obama’s website and donate money. THAT’s where the donations are coming from.

  14. There are like 5 people in Namibia, so there’s a good chance at least 3 or 4 of them are angry colonialist Germans hoping for a hundred-year occupation by the vaterland.

  15. [re=146531]Nathalie08[/re]: It’s like the painter I hired to do the hallway and up the stairs. He charged extra because it needed an extra coat.

  16. The only reason Walnuts carries any of those countries is that Lucifer is on the ballot as a third party candidate in places like Namibia and Macedonia. Naturally, that draws support away from Barack.

  17. Dagnabbit, those Papua New Guineans need to get off their lazy butts and get down to the polling station.

    Oh, and there are like 25 computers in all of Cuba. I’d bet a heaping plate of moros y cristianos that Cuba’s going McCain because Lincoln Diaz-Balart thought this was important enough to urge the whole Miami Cuban community to get on-line and vote for the sake of the motherland.

  18. Namibian who things that this is absolutely NOT FUNNY. We are all shearing for the black guy over here. Not to be racist or any of that crap, we just prefer a not so dinosaur looking guy. Even thou you guys all look the same to us.

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