I don’t really know anything about German politics, but Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder’s Social Democrats (SPD) just took its worst beating in fifty years in it’s traditional stronghold. (I’m totally taking the word of the site I’m linking to on this.)
The clear winner was the Christian Democratic Party (CDU). The CDU, which performed above expectations under the leadership of North-Rhine/Westphalia party chief Juergen Ruettgers, will likely form a coalition government with the Free Democrats (FDP), a party that favors lower taxes and smaller government and held on to finish a distant third despite taking some losses.
The CDU sounds like a bunch of Bible-banging Jesus freaks to me, and that FDP just means trouble if they’re at all serious about lower taxes and smaller government.
How on earth did this happen in Germany? Is Karl Rove really that powerful? (That’s a joke, people…Yes, I know that he’s that powerful.)