I'm not sure most Americans are yet aware of the abyss into which the reputation of the United States has fallen under the Bush-Cheney brand. But if you live abroad, you will know that the wanton destruction of America's soft power has been Katrina-level. Almost anyone who gets elected in 2009 will get a bump around the world for being not-Bush, with the sole exception of Giuliani who could pull off the feat of making America even less popular than under Bush. But Ron Paul on the GOP side certainly seems to be giving ex-pats hope. Here's one explaining why.

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