German election—dull—and no one is complaining

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Germany’s dull elections” is the headline in one of the news reports. “Viewers avoid ‘dull’ election TV debate in Germany” is the headline in another report.

A New York Times op ed column, “The Miracle of Dullness,” spawned over two dozen  comments, such as:

  • “I live in one of those neighboring countries where German dullness is very much appreciated.” We got more than enough of their excitement from 1848 to 1945.”
  • “The Chinese expression ‘May you live in interesting times” is, I’ve heard, actually a curse.”
  • “Better a dull election than an 18-month-long national circus where candidates and media need to force-feed bad info to its citizens to encourage the to vote (often without a comprehensive understanding of the issues).
  • “Reading this piece I felt envious of the Germans moving right along, putting one foot in front of the other pretty much unchanged sine the lasts election.”
  • “Perhaps if all nations were a little more boring the world would be a better place.”
  • “I long for the less stirring days of Gerald Ford who is best remembered, as in Chevy Chase’s caricature on Saturday NIght Live, as being unremarkable. But therein lies Ford’s accomplishment: we we were at place. May we all one day live in an era when great leaders are no longer required.”

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