Germany’s election is officially boring, the NYT has spoken. The headline says it all:
In Dull German Race, ’08 Dinner Is an Issue
I’ll grant the Timesfolk the dullness, but no one should be that surprised. Having gotten over the idea that political leaders should inspire fevered passion about 64 years ago, German politicians often play it safe and gray. But yeah, given that the economy just went through the worst recession in 60 years, the state’s finances are shot and no one really knows what to do with the banks, I guess you’d expect a bit more passion out on the stump.
Today, cycling through the Tiergarten, I finally saw the first big collection of election posters I’ve seen all season. Given that we’re at T-minus 31 days until the election, that’s sort of wild by American standards. Then again, I’m sure 80 percent of the electorate will vote, so maybe it doesn’t matter that it’s boring.