Wed Sep 21st, 2005 at 04:34:39 PM EST
There seems to be some confusion among our friends from first-past-the-post systems about the nature of politics in a mature democracy using proportional representation systems.
Complicated coalition negotiations are normal. It's how we try to avoid giving arrogant fools and arrogant liars free rein1 to carry out policies that they have no mandate for. Twice. What Germany has avoided here is punishing the SPD for unpopular reforms by giving power to a faction committed to even more unpopular reforms. Sounds like democracy is working. Having a result immediatly is not always a virtue.
Anyway, coalition building is a wonderful spectator sport.
Bob has a much more temperate diary along these lines.