Tweedledum vs. Tweedledee: Who Won?

The only significant competition in this month’s German elections is the contest between Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU, Christian Democrats) and Martin Schulz (SPD, Social Democrats). Since the CDU and the SPD are the two major parties in the ruling Grand Coalition, this is really just an intramural squabble over who gets to be the Big Boss Man or Big Boss Chick. After the vote, the Grand Coalition will remain in power, and Germany will end up being ruled by either Tweedledum or Tweedledee.

Tweedledum and Tweedledee held a big debate over the weekend. The following video from the AfD (Alternative für Deutschland, Alternative for Germany) features remarks by Alice Weidel, one of the leaders of the AfD. According to the notes accompanying the video:

Chancellor duel knows only one loser: Germany!

Alice Weidel, the top candidate for the AfD, had a few words during today’s press conference about yesterday’s chancellor duel between Angela Merkel (CDU) and Martin Schulz (SPD). The federal election is on September 24th. Choose AfD!

Many thanks to Nash Montana for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

Video transcript:

0:00   Well yeah… that…
0:04   that TV duel (snickers) —
0:07   that TV duel did speak volumes, especially with the…
0:10   from my point of view the platitudes
0:13   that were exchanged, too,
0:16   for me actually there wasn’t really a big difference
0:19   between the two competitors,
0:22   but the reason for that is that big differences can’t even exist,
0:25   due to their grand coalition. I mean, they are
0:28   both responsible for these policies, and
0:31   as far as winner and loser…
0:34   Well, this TV duel has very clearly shown
0:37   that our country is the greatest loser with these two…

8 thoughts on “Tweedledum vs. Tweedledee: Who Won?

  1. In the eastern art of fight there is a thing called “using your opponent’s force against him.”

    I suggest Germans vote for Angela, give her 90 percent victory, and then see her fail. Might be quicker route to AfD success than giving them Merkelites any resistance.

    • Nope.

      If you game play the situation of having two equally bad candidates, the best strategy is to always vote against the one currently holding office.

      This sends the message that if an elected official wants to have more than one term, he will pay attention to the electorate, even if the opposition is just as bad or even worse.

  2. Gah! Literary references? How dare you? The academics will be barging in with vociferous protests in no time.

  3. Alice Weidel is such a looker, I viewed the video, rather than read the transcript.

    I think there is a solid reason to always vote the totally unsatisfactory incumbent out of office, even if the platform of the opposition is just as bad. Politicians want to be re-elected, so it would be beneficial for a politician to know he was limited to one term unless he slides noticeably towards the position his constituents favor.

    Apart from that logic, let me posit my own distinction of politicians as being either “driven” or “coasting”. The same politician can be different on different issues.

    For example, Obama was driven on destroying American culture and identity and replacing the American population. He was aggressive in importing Muslims (not Christians) and Mexican Indians, and in implanting ghetto thugs in formerly safe, white suburban neighborhoods. But, Obama coasted on foreign affairs. He really didn’t care one way or another on most issues of foreign policy, except for installing the Muslim Brotherhood into power, which was kind of limited to Egypt. He was lukewarm on Hillary’s big push to assassinate Gaddafi of Libya, who was cooperating fully with the US and Europe, but went along because, like I say, Obama didn’t really have a dog in the hunt.

    Merkel is obviously driven on replacing and destroying the German population. My sense from a few articles is that Schulz is coasting on the issue of population replacement. So, you would go from Merkel, who is an evil and brilliant psychopath constantly calculating and maneuvering to bring in more Muslims, to Schulz, who probably doesn’t care one way or another. Would it be an improvement? Who knows? If elected, Schultz first move should be to appoint Merkel as ambassador to Swaziland or somewhere equally as remote, and let her know there is an investigation waiting if she decides to actually reside in Germany.

    It’s interesting, though of course unproductive, to speculate on Hillary if she had won the Presidency. She was required, of course, to support Obama’s passions during the campaign, but the question at this point is, is she driven by anything other than money and ego?

    My own opinion is that Hillary would have toned down Obama’s immigration and anti-law drives a bit, because the goose her financial sponsors were plucking was starting to get cooked a little too quickly.

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