WORLD GOVERNMENT  10:02 am October 24, 2008

John McCain Is President Of Namibia!

by Sara K. Smith

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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Delicious October 24, 2008 at 10:08 am

Whoa, Georgia is a toss-up!

Go Bulldogs!

Serolf Divad October 24, 2008 at 10:08 am

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.

Cape Clod October 24, 2008 at 10:09 am

Obviously, Moldavia represents the “Real World” as opposed to the “Anti-World.”

4tehlulz October 24, 2008 at 10:10 am

Algeria, The Congo, The Sudan, Iraq….yeah, nice company WALNUTS

totoro October 24, 2008 at 10:10 am


Namibia = Old Nazis

AngryBlakGuy October 24, 2008 at 10:10 am

…we are all Namibians now!

magic titty October 24, 2008 at 10:11 am


Darehead October 24, 2008 at 10:11 am

Namibia — where neocon spawn Angelina had her first million dollar baby, no? Not sure how to connect the dots to McCain though.

AngryBlakGuy October 24, 2008 at 10:12 am

…I guess we now know how Barack Obama raised 150 million dollars last month; through Nigerian email scams!!!

paolaccio October 24, 2008 at 10:14 am

Cuba is leaning McCain. Awesome! ¡Patria o muerte!

hockeymom October 24, 2008 at 10:15 am

Macedonia…what’s up?

ManchuCandidate October 24, 2008 at 10:16 am

Damn, I thought it was Nambla which would have been fitting for the Rs.

ladymacbeth October 24, 2008 at 10:16 am

dear god the entire middle east is in the tank for o’bama.

Liverspots October 24, 2008 at 10:17 am

Apparently the United States is 80% for Obama, 20% for McCain. Take that, online Nickelodean poll!

Larry McAwful October 24, 2008 at 10:17 am

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!

mattbolt October 24, 2008 at 10:18 am

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

ladymacbeth October 24, 2008 at 10:20 am

well, the entire middle east except iraq.

AngryBlakGuy October 24, 2008 at 10:20 am

…WoW, Iraq wants WALNUTS!? Well they are in the market for a good “Strong Man Dictator”!

superfecta October 24, 2008 at 10:24 am

For a while last week on that poll, McCain had Venezuela too. WITHOUT PRECONDITIONS!

JamesMichaelCurley October 24, 2008 at 10:24 am

[re=146463]Larry McAwful[/re]: 435 + 100 + 3 = 438, if I recall my addition correctly.

magic titty October 24, 2008 at 10:25 am

[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.

freakishlystrong October 24, 2008 at 10:25 am

Interesting, Economist, BUT THE WHOLE WORLD CAN’T VOTE!

JamesMichaelCurley October 24, 2008 at 10:25 am

Bad news! 435 + 100 = 3 = 538 NOT 438!

Dreamer October 24, 2008 at 10:25 am

Cuba in the tank for McCain -how long before we see that in an RNC ad. I think they are that desperate.

Neon Trotsky October 24, 2008 at 10:28 am

He’s got Iraq and Cuba, let’s see if McCain can rack up the rest of the extended Axis of Evil!

tiny mexican October 24, 2008 at 10:31 am

[re=146464]mattbolt[/re]: I’m guessing it goes by subscription information.

Larry McAwful October 24, 2008 at 10:31 am

[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.

Dreamer October 24, 2008 at 10:32 am

[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.

nurple October 24, 2008 at 10:34 am

Skeleton Coast – how COULDN’T they love McCain?

JamesMichaelCurley October 24, 2008 at 10:34 am

[re=146481]Larry McAwful[/re]: We’ll just send them all a Grilled Rueben, with extra Russian and a side of Slaw.

queeraselvis v 2.0 October 24, 2008 at 10:36 am

On behalf of Andorrans, Lichtensteiners, and Luxembourgers everywhere, I call DISENFRANCHISEMENT!

american mutt October 24, 2008 at 10:36 am

I know this really hot stripper from Namibia. She ain’t votin’ McCain.

Neon Trotsky October 24, 2008 at 10:37 am

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…

Rozalia October 24, 2008 at 10:39 am

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…..

Neon Trotsky October 24, 2008 at 10:41 am

Hah, and even McCain’s homeland of Panama has abandoned him with a mere 25% of the vote…

Grumpyshoes October 24, 2008 at 10:41 am

That map has Obama leading in the USA popular vote 80 – 20. Where’s the Drudge headline for that one?

JoeFannyPack October 24, 2008 at 10:41 am

Time to start talking about Joe the Livestock Rancher

magic titty October 24, 2008 at 10:43 am

Does Barry get to be the whole world’s Preznit now??

lawrenceofthedesert October 24, 2008 at 10:51 am

It’s comforting to know that even The Economist has slow news days.

Baseproduct October 24, 2008 at 10:53 am

Even Vietnam is against John McCain…. sad. You live somewhere for FIVE AND A HALF YEARS and you can’t even take 50%?

mattbolt October 24, 2008 at 10:57 am

[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

Dreamer October 24, 2008 at 10:58 am

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.

Barack Like Me October 24, 2008 at 11:00 am

[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?

ManchuCandidate October 24, 2008 at 11:00 am

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…

aleks October 24, 2008 at 11:02 am

Oh man, I’m going to Namibia in December to teach for a year and I’ve been stocking up on Obamawear.

grendel October 24, 2008 at 11:03 am

The real question is: How does Paraguay feel about their imminent colonial overlords when the elite right wing flee to live on the Bush compound?

magic titty October 24, 2008 at 11:04 am
Terry October 24, 2008 at 11:07 am


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.

FlownOver October 24, 2008 at 11:07 am

C’mon, Libya! Get with the program! How can we know who to put in charge of the nukes if you guys won’t speak up?

Nathalie08 October 24, 2008 at 11:08 am

you guys need to read this. The highest paid individual in Senator John McCain’s presidential campaign during the first half of October is………

Sarah Palin’s makeup artist!

Cape Clod October 24, 2008 at 11:11 am

[re=146502]JoeFannyPack[/re]: I want to know what Joe the Snake Charmer has to say about all this.

TJBeck October 24, 2008 at 11:13 am

Namibians are just telling pollsters they’re voting for the white guy so as not to appear racist.

Botswana Meat Commission FC October 24, 2008 at 11:17 am

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.

JamesMichaelCurley October 24, 2008 at 11:25 am

[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.

Styrofoam Boots October 24, 2008 at 11:30 am

McCain winning in Africa?! Clearly, they’re voting based on race.

I still think Obama has it locked up though—if he can win Botswana.

loquaciousmusic October 24, 2008 at 11:31 am

Well, there you go: that explains John McCain’s black supporters.

bluebrazos October 24, 2008 at 11:37 am

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.

OzoneTom October 24, 2008 at 11:38 am

Any coincidence that oil is a big fish in Namibia?

chaste everywhere October 24, 2008 at 11:58 am

Those limey twits don’t even know that Alaska’s a separate country?

Viva la Cynthia October 24, 2008 at 12:13 pm

Real America = Iraq and Namibia

nurple October 24, 2008 at 12:14 pm

Namibia’s Hoek’d on McCain!

protpisys October 24, 2008 at 12:38 pm

I’m thinking we have 10 days left to get this right…we’re gonna need some goddamn boots on the ground…

One Yield Regular October 24, 2008 at 12:46 pm

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.

DailyComicsReview October 24, 2008 at 12:57 pm

The Bottom side of the dick of Africa loves McCain!

Aloysius October 24, 2008 at 1:29 pm

Where’s Azeroth on this map?

Miller October 24, 2008 at 1:37 pm

There’s a military junta despot in Namibia that payed Rick Davis some serious cash for lobbying, right? Boy is Obama going to be shocked, I bet he thought he had Africa’s electoral votes in the bag.

mfundo October 25, 2008 at 4:20 am

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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