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The Curmudgeon on Elections Here and There

Opinion by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The results of the U.S. midterm elections, which created a small stir in the world, has given pundits an opportunity to consider what happened in the Brazilian elections - which caused no stir at all. A curmudgeonly compilation of contrasts follows.

“He’s (not) the man!” Before the 2010 elections, President Lula enjoyed a positive approval rating of over 80 percent, well-nigh unheard-of in true democracies. President Obama, on the other hand, had fallen from similarly dizzy heights to a 46 percent approval rating. Lula’s support was instrumental in . . .

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