Politicians staggeringly well qualified?

September 10, 2008

Blog Guy, you’ve been making the point that no U.S. politician can hope to win without eating a lot of ice cream in public. But I suppose it’s like that everywhere?


There’s always something, but it isn’t always ice cream.

Take Germany. You see these politicians chugging beer from mugs the size of an oil refinery? Ten minutes from now they won’t remember what country they’re in.

If U.S. politicians got caught drinking like that, they’d have to join a 12-step program or go on Doctor Phil.

That’s a pretty funny cultural difference.

It’s not nearly as funny as the televised debate these folks are going to have in a few minutes.

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A combination of pictures shows Franz Maget, chief candidate of Bavaria’s Social Democratic party, Gabriele Pauli, candidate for the Independent Voters Association, Bavarian state premier (CSU) Guenther Beckstein and leader of Germany’s Free Democratic Party Guido Westerwelle as they drink beer at a folk festival in Abensberg, Germany, September 8, 2008. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle

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Perhaps American politicians should consume a liter of bier shortly before public debate — in vino veritas.

Posted by RLM | Report as abusive

Notice how the Color of the Beer reflects their own Hair Color.

Posted by Harve | Report as abusive

I’m pretty sure one liter of beer won’t make any of those Bavarians even the slightest bit tipsy.

Posted by Big Guy | Report as abusive

It could be worse: in Canada this week one political party got raked over the coals after releasing a commercial that showed the leader of the other party being pooped on by a puffin.

Posted by Charlene | Report as abusive

And they make fun of us for calling a 22oz. soft drink a small

Posted by s James | Report as abusive

Please bring back the old Oddly Enough format. I want news items written as such… not opinion, not blogs.

Posted by jojo | Report as abusive

It must be terrible to have to read an opinion that doesn’t conform lockstep with yours. How will you insulate yourself from people who don’t agree with you? The horror!

Posted by Charlene | Report as abusive

Yes Herve, but in the case of Beckstein it’s only the froth that matches his head.

Posted by Jacobusmaximus | Report as abusive

One has to realize that we’re looking at Bavarians. Bavaria is the land of Munich and Augsburg, where Bier-drinking is an art form. This is the land of weizen Bier (wheat beer), which is often drunk with breakfast (one of those nice breakfast beers). No, I don’t think that the politicians’ wits were much affected by a liter of Bier.

One has to love cities where beer-drinking is raised to an art form.

Posted by RLM | Report as abusive