Prelude To A Screed

As noted below, James Lileks got mugged by a French magazine editor yesterday; Hugh Hewitt has posted a brief rundown, just to whet your appetite for Frog Fricassee while we await today’s Bleat:

Spending a lot of time today with Regis le Sommier, U.S. bureau chief of Paris Match, a sort of Life meets Time meets People. Great exchange between Regis and Lileks, which I hope James writes about tomorrow. Regis acted towards Lileks as all French diplomats acted towards Bush Administration people throughout the fall of 2002 and the spring of 2003. It wasn’t pretty, but it should inspire Lileks to some pretty good writing in tomorrow’s Bleat. Basically, Regis confirmed that the French would vote overwhelmingly for Kerry if given the choice. We knew that, but hearing it confirmed by a senior French journalist somehow makes Kerry’s politics much more distinct.

I maintain that the most devastating one-liner the Bush campaign could use would go something like this: “John Kerry–the French love him, and the feeling is mutual.”


10 Responses to “Prelude To A Screed”

  1. The Old European Says:

    You might extend that to: “John Kerry – the world loves him, and the feeling is mutual.” Though that would be devastating to Bush.

  2. jdm Says:

    That would be “for Bush”, not “to Bush”. The notion that the love of Europeans (or the rest of the world) means much of anything to most Americans is silly.

    I also find it interesting that Europeans are perfectly happy to be led around by the nose by an American president as long as it’s done with style (Clinton) or with no cost ego stroking (Dubya’s dad). I am guessing that Kerry, if elected, will go back to the ego stroking.

    Of course, the fact that the European media will simply declare, in spite of any facts to the contrary, that Kerry is a more European-friendly president will help matters. The lack of alternative opinions in the European press coupled with the lack of independent thought (or curiousity to attempt it) among the European populace will ensure this.

  3. The Old European Says:

    You seem quite an expert on Europe. Hopefully you’re not extrapolating your views on the lack of independent thought from your own population.

  4. AK Says:

    Old European,

    You seem quite an expert on the world. Hopefully you’re not just extrapolating your views.

  5. jdm Says:

    I lived in Europe for a number of years and still have relatives over there. I’m basing my views on Europeans with whom I know and talk and the European press that I follow.

  6. spongeworthy Says:

    There some pretty extensive research on it too. I just read a long, long essay on European anti-Americanism and it was firmly in place long before Dubya left Texas. And a great deal of it is due to plain-ass ignorance and a horrible excuse for press.

    Keep your warm wishes, really. We know where it comes from and we couldn’t care less.

  7. Angie Schultz Says:

    If Kerry is elected, I predict this: where Bush got a cold shoulder and a curt brush-off, Kerry will get a warm embrace and a polite brush-off. There will be dinners, and cunning little supper parties, and we (metaphorically) will drink champagne, and get along so amiably.

    And then Kerry and the Europeans will come to many agreements they wouldn’t make with that cowboy Bush. But, er, then there will be qualifications, you understand. And exceptions, and nuance. So much so that the agreements will be worthless. But we will have agreed! After all, that’s the important thing.

  8. John Says:

    Of course the French support Kerry.

    They believe a politically and economically weakened U.S.A. to be in the EU’s best interest.

    In the same way that they are pushing mandatory minimum corporate tax rates within the E.U in order to curb the growth of emerging competing economies, the French, realizing they can’t match U.S. growth under Bush, are in favor of anything which might roll back that growth.

    A Kerry presidency would qualify.

    The simple question which must be asked of the American voter is, “Do you want the French running your country for you?”

  9. Sandy P Says:

    Make the French Happy!

    Vote John Kerry!

  10. David Crawford Says:

    John Kerry
    For President

    Of France


    Hopefully the Kerry yard-signs will simply say “Kerry for President”. It’ll be really easy to slap the “Of France” part on it.

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