Monday, November 19, 2007

"Values voting" in Australia?

According to this article in today's New York Sun, the Australian Labor Party, led by Kevin Rudd, holds a solid lead in the polls over the Coalition led by incumbent Prime Minister Howard, with only a few days left until the election. This lead, the article says, can be traced back to a surge of Labor support following a visit to New York by Mr. Rudd, in which he and Col Allan, the Australian Murdoch protege who edits the New York Post, went out for a night of heavy drinking, culminating in a visit to Scores, where bouncers threatened to eject Mr. Rudd for touching the dancers and other "inappropriate behavior."

There's a great animated comment on this by Nicholson in The Australian, here.

Evidently, "values voting" Down Under can have different implications than it does here.


Dawn Coyote said...

I saw Bill Clinton on Letterman last night, telling a story about being on safari in Africa and how cool it was to see the female lions hunt while the males lay stretched out, watching them. One of the female lions, he said, ran a wild boar down right in front of them. She got it by the neck, and—he makes a snapping motion with his head—"and I thought, so much for peace in our time."