And a cynic too. I need to get him in touch with my old friend, Niall Ferguson. Money quote:

I am without question a Barack partisan. And it’s fair to say that’s bloody weird. I’m a Scot with no vote in the American election. I am experienced enough to know that dumping this amount of hope and expectation onto a political candidate is bound to end in disappointment. And it’s surely pretty damn stupid to be this invested in a contest I have no power to influence even slightly.

So why? Why do I find myself doodling “If only Gore would endorse!” during boring phone calls and spending much of the working day scanning American political blogs for every last scrap of intel? Why, in short, do I care? 

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