On Monday, the eve before the election (or rather, back home, the day before it) while having a lovely caffè with the Anglophone girlfriend of one of Martello’s colleagues, we discussed our nervousness in the run-up to the ballot box. We worried for the
I did wake up around our time as Martello was walking out the door, and I saw the news. (Later that evening we watched The Daily Show’s “Indecision 2008” coverage online. How thrilled was I to be able to relish Jon and Stephen’s take on this amazing event!! I am in great debt to whoever decided not to firewall Comedy Central over in
So with my patriotically-induced homesickness now subsiding, I decided to turn on our antique television set in order to see what the Italian street was making of our momentous national occasion. Turns out, not much at that point. But while I waited for some news of our event, I watched (and half understood) an interview on bike sharing in
So, due to the time difference, none of the November 5 Italian newspapers said anything about the American election, as it had not yet been decided when they went to press. However, on November 6, all the papers ran the Obama victory as their lead story. (In fact, the title of this post is taken from La Repubblica’s headline.) The papers ran multiple stories on the election and Italian opinion thereof. Having stayed up til on the 4th/5th, I found myself reverting to EST, not a good thing in a country that’s closed from I managed to rouse myself on November 6 (my birthday!), just in time to buy three papers from the newsstand before the hawker took his lunch break. Il Giornale, La Repubblica, and La Stampa all ran election inserts (think US papers would ever devote so much coverage to most international elections?), and terms such as “obamizatta” were employed, which I’m guessing is akin to Obamania— I’m hoping that one day my Italian will be far enough along so that I can understand more of the articles. In addition, the daily e-mail that I receive from the Italian Jewish community ran several pieces about the great excitement over the election both in
But getting away from pasta-nation punditry and back to American political punditry for a moment, I do have to say that I think the unsung hero in both Obama’s victory and the Democratic gains in the House and Senate is my man Howard Dean (and not just because he was steamrolled away from the nomination in 2004 at the hands of some unfortunate microphones, which led to the uninspiring rise of John Kerry and thus the continued presence of 43 in the White House). No, as my Democracy for America e-mails reminded me, as Democratic Party Chairman, Dean championed the 50 State Strategy, the elegantly simple idea that Democrats should compete for seats at all levels of government in all 50 states, not just in the states long deemed “blue.” Pretty much a “duh,” but also ingenious, since apparently for decades no one thought it was worth attempting. I also would like to register my suggestion that in 2012 or 2016, just for kicks, the networks consider flipping the colors and making Dems Red and the GOP Blue.
With the election outcome now deciphered on both sides of the
Baci e gelato,
Martello e Trofie Wife