jubilation over win

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    October 10, 2004

    I WAS WRONG

    Never again will I doubt the wisdom of Australians. I called this election all wrong, essentially because I couldnÕt believe -- despite a powerful economy, correct views on the war, and a lame opposition campaign -- that John Howard could win four elections in a row.

    I love this country for proving me wrong. I love Australia.
    Posted by Tim Blair at October 10, 2004 02:28 AM


    Comments

    Congratulations!!!!!!
    On picking a winner. Up here in Santas outhouse all we got was more socialist, failed communist, sharia cr*p spreaders who call themselves Lieberals. Oh well, there is sanity left in the world. Now lets see what Americas imbeciles do with their vote.
    Posted by: conjob at October 10, 2004 at 02:37 AM

    Thanks, Australians. From a pro-Bush, pro-war, Hobbesian libertarian Yank.
    Posted by: Tom at October 10, 2004 at 02:37 AM

    God bless the people of Australia!

    The Bribed and Coerced live to fight on.

    And on behalf of all the Yanks, we're sorry about John Forbes Kerry's sister. We'll try to send better representation next election.
    Posted by: John at October 10, 2004 at 02:39 AM

    We ALL love Australia.
    Posted by: m at October 10, 2004 at 02:41 AM

    I only know one native Australian. He's a mathematician (a very good one) and a helluva down-to-earth, unpretentious guy. If I had to try to find a home outside of my beloved America, I'd head for Australia first thingÑthat "put another shrimp on the barby" thing notwithstanding! (Or is it "put another shrimp on the Barbie", which suggests a whole other thing entirely?!)

    Anyway, congratulations, Tim and all Aussies!

    --fooltomery

    Posted by: fooltomery at October 10, 2004 at 02:44 AM

    "Never again will I doubt the wisdom of Australians."

    F*CKING OATH TIM!
    Posted by: Jamie at October 10, 2004 at 02:44 AM

    Heartiest Congratulations to Mark Latham on his stupendous and against-all-odds win.

    Of a Meat raffle.
    Posted by: Alan E Brain at October 10, 2004 at 02:44 AM

    Me too, Tim, me too.
    Posted by: Blackfive at October 10, 2004 at 02:46 AM

    There is hope burning yet! Congrats to John Howard and the majority of Australians on voting with common sense.
    Posted by: Wallace-Midland, Texas at October 10, 2004 at 02:47 AM

    Good on ya, mates! Thanks for not letting us down. Now it's up to us Americans to re-elect Bush and not let you down!
    Posted by: BarCodeKing, Florida, USA at October 10, 2004 at 02:48 AM

    Well, now I know which country to threaten to move to.
    Posted by: meep at October 10, 2004 at 02:50 AM

    Do I detect a bit simplisme in this patriotic outburst, Tim?
    Posted by: John Tabin at October 10, 2004 at 02:53 AM

    The bombers went after the Spanish and they proved the price of changing Spain's policy is a few packs of explosives. (Ohter people won't forget this lesson. Soon I expect Spain will hear from the Front for the Liberation of Islamic Andalus.) Then the bombers went after the Aussies. Different result.
    Posted by: Jim Bennett at October 10, 2004 at 02:54 AM

    Yes, I was wrong too. Glad to be wrong too.

    Not to, like, nit-pick, but now that Howard has seen off the ALP hordes, can we get back to having a Liberal government that does cool tax cuts and free markets instead of spending and pork-barrelling?

    Yeah, ingrate I am.

    Latham beaten, and McGrath back to his best form. Not a bad day at all, really.
    Posted by: Scott Wickstein at October 10, 2004 at 02:54 AM

    I called it right.! Though my numbers were way off.....
    Posted by: Tex at October 10, 2004 at 02:57 AM

    It has just been posted on Arts and Letters Daily that Jacques Derrida has died. The perfect end to a pertfect day.
    Posted by: Sue at October 10, 2004 at 02:57 AM

    Congratulations. I wish I could love Canada the same way. Maybe I should move down under...

    Posted by: The Monger at October 10, 2004 at 03:00 AM

    Warmest congratulations from a friend in New York. God Bless Australia. May the people of America have as much common sense as you folks. I view this as a preliminary defeat for John Kerry. May it be a harbinger of bigger things.
    Posted by: Freedom's Slave at October 10, 2004 at 03:01 AM

    I am an American and I love Australia too! Congratulations to Howard and all freedom loving Aussies.
    Posted by: Latino at October 10, 2004 at 03:02 AM

    Margo: "Can Latham survive? 2004 was certainly not a re-run of 1969, when Gough led Labor to the brink of victory before truiumphing in 1975."

    Gough "truiumphed" in 1972, not 75.
    Posted by: Latest from Margo at October 10, 2004 at 03:02 AM

    Warmest congratulations from a friend in New York. God Bless Australia. May the people of America have as much common sense as you folks. I view this as a mini-defeat for John Kerry. May it be a harbinger of bigger things.
    Posted by: Freedom's Slave at October 10, 2004 at 03:02 AM

    Gawd, what great news! We who are about to vote salute you!
    Posted by: Instapilot at October 10, 2004 at 03:05 AM

    Your voters have done your soldiers a great honor by showing them support for their job at a time when it would have been easier (not better, just easier) to just have them come home, where the surely want to be.
    Thanks to the honorable people of Australia, from a US soldier proud to stand by true allies in hard times.
    Diggs
    Posted by: Diggs at October 10, 2004 at 03:06 AM

    Some questions on the Senate result (as an European bystander very sympathetic to Premier Howard's record)..

    1) did the Coalition win control ? How close is it regarding minor parties and who holds the balance

    2) in what areas does the Senate matter so much - I heard it's about taxation. Could a Coalition win mean MEANINGFUL MARGINAL TAX RATE REDUCTIONS on the income tax front - or even a flattax ??

    all the best
    CROSSY
    Vienna/Austria
    Posted by: Crossy at October 10, 2004 at 03:08 AM

    (Wheeze.) What a relief! That Latham dude didn't sound very stable sane reliable.
    Posted by: Andrea Harris at October 10, 2004 at 03:09 AM

    Tim I love your love for this country
    Has Margot Kingston's head exploded yet,
    is Alan Ramsey in deep melancholy, is Philip Adams going into permanent silence ?
    Posted by: klein at October 10, 2004 at 03:12 AM

    What did it? The coercion or the bribery? Something tells me that you fellahs aren't the kind to respond meekly to threats, so I'm assuming that each liberal voter can expect a big fat Halliburton check in the post come Monday.

    God Bless Australia!
    Posted by: DrZin at October 10, 2004 at 03:16 AM

    "I love this country for proving me wrong. I love Australia."

    You might Tim, but then your not a hateful lefty.
    This from the comments in Backpages election thread.

    "I hope the next couple of years are lean times for those who have mortaged their homes to the hilt and bought investment properties. I hope all those f**ers out there who voted Liberal to "keep interest rates down" lose their houses when interest rates, eventually, go up. Stupid, short sighted idiots."

    Posted by: James at October 10, 2004 at 03:16 AM

    God Bless Australia and her people.

    You folks show the wisdom and strength to pick the Right man, at the Right time and the Right place in history.

    The scare tactics of the Kerry sister didn't work in Australia just as the doom and gloom from John Forged Kerry won't work in America.

    Lastly, best wishes to all the brave Aussies serving along side with our yanks around the world.

    Posted by: Teresa at October 10, 2004 at 03:18 AM

    I'm so relieved! Hurray for Australia!

    And what a good omen this is for us here in the U.S. as well. It gives me hope.
    Posted by: Cara Remal at October 10, 2004 at 03:22 AM

    Excellent result. Even sweeter reading Mad Margo's snivelling in the SMH.

    Even if Bush loses, at least I can console myself with seeing Oz moonbats crying into their beer.

    Posted by: David Gillies at October 10, 2004 at 03:22 AM

    Not much to say but: Bless you, Ozzies! You had our back. I hope we can return the favor November 2 and get back to the ugly business at hand.
    Posted by: russell at October 10, 2004 at 03:22 AM

    From a very happy and slightly confused Yank,

    Congrats guys. I really loved the Aussie hospitality the last time I visited and am justly proud of y'all in this election.

    By the way, could somebody explain what your Senate does beyond drawing a salary?

    And who are the independents and the other very small parties (just how they align is enough).

    Thanks in advance
    Posted by: David at October 10, 2004 at 03:24 AM

    Proud to call Australia a former home. Lets not underestimate in the least bit what this means. This was round 2 in the WoT. Spain GAVE the terrorists round 1, Australia came out with a virtual TKO and now it is left to us here in the US to deliver the knockout punch on Nov. 2.

    As well, we should not misunderstand who the terrorists fear. It was not Aznar, it is not Howard and it is not W. - they fear the resolve of the voters. They just got b***hslapped, today.
    Posted by: Editor at October 10, 2004 at 03:26 AM

    I'm raising several for you all tonight.

    Good on ya.
    Posted by: charles austin at October 10, 2004 at 03:28 AM

    Well done, Oz.

    Bush, Blair, and Howard, will together see Iraq through to democracy and freedom.
    Bringing democracy to the arab world will change everything.
    Arabs now see a dead end everywhere they look. Why not become suicide bombers, their choices are so bleak? But give them better choices and they will behave more like humans everywhere would behave.
    Posted by: Mellifluous at October 10, 2004 at 03:30 AM

    What a happy, happy result. Way to go, Australia. You guys rock and we sure appreciate it! 'Mates' indeed. {:^)
    Posted by: tree hugging sister at October 10, 2004 at 03:34 AM

    One down, one to go.
    Posted by: Bruce Rheinstein at October 10, 2004 at 03:34 AM

    Whodathunkit? My view of Australia has always been that it was the model for the country Ann Rand decribed in Atlas Shrugged. Maybe I will have to re-evaluate.
    Posted by: moptop at October 10, 2004 at 03:37 AM

    Beaut!

    Now we'll see if the US media reports it. I loved Margo Kingston's snotty closing remark...one can only hope Mo Dowd joins her in Nov....maybe they can get group rates on the Media De Nile cruise.
    Posted by: feste at October 10, 2004 at 03:38 AM

    Way to go, Aussies! Was it the coercion, or the bribery, that swung the outcome? Please recommend some Aussie companies with whom I can do some business as a sign of my gratitude (either companies who export to the States or from whom I can order consumer goods online).

    I will gladly pour some money into your fine country via its business class. I don't patronize Spanish, French, or German companies, so there's some money burning a hole in my pocket.

    And I get the warm, patriotic fuzzies just thinking that I am assisting in the bribery process!
    Posted by: Pablo at October 10, 2004 at 03:40 AM

    Australia Australia Australia we love you amen.
    Posted by: Bruce at October 10, 2004 at 03:40 AM

    Congratulations for not pulling a Spain, Aussies!

    (boy I'm jealous)
    Posted by: Franco Alem‡n (from Barcelona, Spain, the proud new member of the Axis of Weasels) at October 10, 2004 at 03:40 AM

    Deepest congratulations from another Yank. Here's to a healthy partnership in the war on terror!
    Daniel Day
    Posted by: Morenuancedthanyou at October 10, 2004 at 03:41 AM

    Crossy: The senate will take a while to finalise but it's looking like the government might have it won too - though maybe a seat short so they'll need the christian fundamentalist's support (which shouldn't be a problem given their policies). Every piece of legislation has to pass the Senate, so a government that wins it can pass anything it wants.

    But no way is Howard going to do anything about taxation (aside from minor tweaks). He's had a long time to do so and hasn't shown any indication of it (he had his chance with GST but didn't go far enough) - in fact his increases to government hand outs via welfare probably means he couldn't do anything anyway. He's Big Government to the core.

    Posted by: sam at October 10, 2004 at 03:43 AM

    Yes, thanks to the Aussies, true allies and friends.
    Posted by: Reid at October 10, 2004 at 03:44 AM

    John Howard called the election early so that he would not be caught up in the first anniversery of Plastic Turkeygate. Latham should'nt have let him off the hook on that.
    Posted by: Ross at October 10, 2004 at 03:53 AM

    Not that this is news to any one here, but without blogs we in the US would hardly know there was an election going on down under. Not even on Fox was it front page news!

    Well done to all the right thinking Aussies.
    Posted by: Retread at October 10, 2004 at 03:55 AM

    Oh, by the way, EVERY American Bush supporter needs to buy a bottle (case)of Aussie Wine. They have alot of really good stuff. I am leaving shortly to get mine.
    Posted by: David at October 10, 2004 at 03:55 AM

    Somewhere in heaven I like to think of an Aussie I knew, sitting around knocking back some beer, goosing angels, laughing about the election results. I'll always remember fondly how he used to great me. He'd give me a big smile, flip me the bird and say, "F*** you Dougy!"
    Posted by: toad at October 10, 2004 at 03:55 AM

    Thank you and God bless Australia,
    Since the Egyptians won't let Madonna visit because of her ties to Judaism, I vote we take the 2 billion dollars the United States sends them per year and split it 50/50 with the people of Australia.

    Posted by: Tyree at October 10, 2004 at 03:56 AM

    Many, many heartfelt thanks from America to the voters of Australia. Your willingness to stand consistently shoulder-to-shoulder with us in the darkest hours throughout the past 65+ years deserves our utmost gratitude and respect. Please understand that the completely tactless and grossly inappropriate words that Mr. Kerry has spoken about your country and its sacrifices do not reflect the views of America towards our friend, our ally, the people of Australia.
    Posted by: An American in Britain at October 10, 2004 at 03:56 AM

    That you have numerous U.S. congratulations goes without saying. More importantly, you've also got our respect. WeÕve just learned, again, how Australia stands in this world . . . tall.
    Posted by: Jim C at October 10, 2004 at 03:56 AM

    Pablo,
    Australian wines are among the finest, if not thee finest, in the world. Buying them is a double mitzvah.


    Posted by: moptop at October 10, 2004 at 03:58 AM

    What happened to the truck Alan Ramsey did it hit a bollard
    Posted by: geoffo at October 10, 2004 at 03:58 AM

    This is a relief.

    Good work, Aussies.

    Just keep Margo down there, will you?
    Posted by: Percy Dovetonsils at October 10, 2004 at 03:58 AM

    all of you badasses in australia rule! aussies don't take sh*t from anyone, did anybody really believe they'd abandon the US and the UK in favor of france, germany and china? i don't think so...

    Posted by: sanjay at October 10, 2004 at 04:00 AM

    Thanks, Australia. Some damn good Aussie troops fought next to me in Vietnam, and now you've given your fellow convicts a hand when the chips were down. We won't forget.
    Posted by: Helian at October 10, 2004 at 04:00 AM

 
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