It sounds unlikely, but it is the only logical explanation for the actions of the Guardian and its columnist Jonathan Freedland. A hectoring and pompous piece of writing, headed 'The world's verdict will be harsh if the US rejects the man it yearns for' seems almost calculated to anger American readers, leading them to believe that this is the type of attitude that lies behind the Obama campaign.
If Americans choose McCain, they will be turning their back on the rest of the world, choosing to show us four more years of the Bush-Cheney finger. And I predict a deeply unpleasant shift.
The approach that can be paraphrased as 'we are right and you are stupid', that has become par for the course in British political discourse is like waving a red flag in the face of an American bull, as a swift browse of the 770 mostly critical comments will demonstrate. The Freedland article was predictably picked up by US bloggers (e.g. this RedState diarist). The tone of the response could surely have been guessed at by anyone aware of how well this went down when the Guardian tried it just four years ago. That is, like a lead balloon. 'Operation Clark County', the Guardian's letter-writing campaign aimed at Ohio voters, backfired spectacularly - leading to Clark County becoming the only Democrat-held county to go Bush in 2004.
There's a saying that comes to mind: "Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results". Well, by this showing, the Guardian hasn't learned a damn thing from 2004. If Freedland and co think that lecturing Americans from across the Atlantic on the merits of Barack Obama and the evils of voting Republican is going to do their preferred candidate any favours whatsoever then, to put it mildly, they need to go see a shrink!
If November 4 were a global ballot, Obama would win it handsomely. If the free world could choose its leader, it would be Barack Obama.
So the surveys say. However, like it or not, Freedland, the people of London, Ljubljana and Luanda do not get a say in the Presidential race - it's the same old swing staters, soccer moms and slackers as last time around. In the intervening 4 years, it seems you and your colleagues have learnt precisely nothing from the Clark County fuckup. That is, sometimes it's best to "butt out"!