German Of The Day: Zerreißen

That means to tear up.

Pelosi

That’s Nancy Pelosi. She’s a crazy lady. And they’ll soon be coming to take her away.

They’re coming to take me away
Ha ha, they’re coming to take me away
Ho ho, hee hee, ha ha
To the funny farm
Where life is beautiful all the time
And I’ll be happy to see those nice young men in their clean white coats…

Nancy Pelosi reißt nach Donalds Trumps Rede zur Lage der Nation dessen Manuskript in Stücke.

Iowa Disaster Greater Than Originally Feared

At least on German television it is.

Iowa

The Iowa Democratic vote-reporting meltdown was so catastrophic that it physically moved the state to where Colorado used to be. The whereabouts of Colorado are unknown at this time.

App Used to Tabulate Votes Is Said to Have Been Inadequately Tested

Expat Democrats Utterly Speechless But Vow To Remain Smug

Smug

The crowd of expats who packed the Democrats Abroad election night party in Berlin to watch live election coverage by American broadcaster CNN was conspicuously young and conspicuously female. There had been much talk about apathy among so-called millennials in this campaign, but you wouldn’t have known that in the German capital…

Of course that was then and this is now.

“I’m in too much of an emotional state,” said expat Democrat X, when asked what she thought about the new President-elect. “No comment. But wait. I will say that you can bet we will bounce back from this and be just as self-righteous, priggish and self-satisfied as we ever have been. Mabe even more so. But just not right now, OK?”

Germans Being Assured That Bad Republicans Didn’t Actually Win

“Why the Democrats’ debacle isn’t really a victory for the Republicans,” the title of this here article goes, for instance.

Bad Republican

I would have loved to have read what was surely the profound explanation for just how on earth that can possibly be but then that scary photo of that evil Republican lurking in the shadows wearing a black hat there caught my eye and I just had to click away real pronto-like before he could get the chance to draw me into a maelstrom of evil and villainy and consuming despair.

Die Republikaner feiern einen Erdrutschsieg im Senat. Doch der Machtwechsel wird an der Lähmung der US-Politik kaum etwas ändern.

You May Not Know This, Amerika…

But you are paralyzed. And it’s all the Republicans’ fault, too.

Paralyzed

I mean it’s not like it could ever be President Obama HIMSELF who refuses to budge when it comes to matters of the “fiscal cliff” kind. Could it?

What we’ve got here people, the Spiegel tells us, is not just a failure to communicate (and guess who’s Strother Martin here):

We are, in short, witnessing a superpower losing its way in a maze of details, propelled forward by grandstanding politicians (who aren’t the President) hewing slavishly to ideology.

Expats Pouting?

He may be the World President, but is he still ours?

“There’s a high interest (in voting) among expats in Germany, but I sense those on the Democrat side aren’t as fervent today as they were in 2008. There’s intense disappointment in President Obama’s leadership.”

Meanwhile… An opinion poll by the Emnid polling institute found 87 percent of German nationals would vote for Obama and only 5 percent for Romney if they had the chance to cast ballots.

Enthusiasm for Obama wanes among U.S. voters in Europe