Monday, March 27, 2006

It'll be sad if Pora-PRP don't get in, but I don't regret having voted for them.

Yushchenko and Yulia had so much public support in 2004 - and they wiped their asses on it. Since Yushchenko became president, he's made too many counterproductive steps, which at some point became impossible to ignore and seemed to work for the benefit of Yanukovych - or at least let Yanukovych sit back and relax and watch how Yushchenko was killing his high rankings without much external help.

Helping Yushchenko help Yanukovych didn't seem like a good idea. Helping someone with good record and at the same time relatively new to all this circus seemed worth trying.

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In 1999, everyone voted for Kuchma because they were afraid of Symonenko, the Communist leader. Everyone, including Western Ukraine. Later Kuchma turned from lesser evil into the greatest evil, and millions of people came to really regret their choice.

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In the States in 2000, instead of blaming half the country that voted for Bush, many people blamed those who voted for Nader for letting Bush win.

4 comments:

  1. Seems you've been writing like crazy lately. Thanks for all the good work and efforts.

    Just wanted to say, regarding the Nader/Bush thing - as we don't form coalition governments in the US, voting for 3rd party candidates IS sometimes helping a candidate you don't approve of become elected. Republicans are fond of citing the Ross Perot effect, which they blame for allowing Clinton to be elected.

    In the two-party system in the US, one party or the other is virtually guaranteed of getting 30% of so of the electorate, regardless of how far the political pendulum swings to the left or the right. So blaming people for voting for Bush is like blaming the sun for rising in the morning. All you can hope to do is persuade the middle swing-votes to go one way, or the other ... or political fringe voters (like those who vote for Nader) to vote for one of the 2 candidates closer to their idealogy.

    Probably wrote more about this than needed to be said, but I often feel the US political process isn't well understood by foreigners, and I know you have many readers.

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  2. Thank you. I didn't remember about Ross Perot anymore...

    There were 44 or 45 parties running in this election - which just isn't serious. And there were four separate votes, not just the parliamentary one. You should have seen those ballots we had to take inside the booths.

    Persuading the voters to vote for you is a good idea - only all politicians have different ideas on how to achieve it, and often these ideas don't work.

    To scare the shit out of the voters with a ridiculous, unpresentable opponent like Yanukovych (who has been so forgiven for rigging the previous election that most people probably don't remember it anymore) must have been overused to some extent by now - and plus there is the Yulia factor this time...

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  3. The bit that really burns me up is that Vitrenko is ahead of Pora-PRP.

    Eeew.

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  4. Gosh, it seems that trying to kill the opposition is quite serious.

    Perhaps if you were to be the victim, you would be looking behind you at every step.

    Seriously, I am disappointed in the election results. Perhaps the winner is the loser for some reason other than blundering. Perhaps the gun is too close to the leader's head, and he cannot move too far.

    Just a thought.

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