World opinion: Get us a Dem

The whole world is watching this election, and there are two lone exceptions to the "we want a Democrat" rule. On that side, according to the AP, are Iraq (maybe) and Russia (unless the Republican candidate is John McCain).

Opinion about the U.S. has taken a beating around the world, and other nations are saying it's time for a change.

"They feel there's a real chance to work with the U.S.," said Julianne Smith, a senior fellow at the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies. "America's image in the world is really on the line."

Notes from the article:

* Germans love Barack Obama, and some have dubbed him "der schwarze Kennedy" (the black Kennedy).

* Europeans generally like Hillary Clinton, and are still befuddled about the hubbub surrounding Bill's affair.

* To the British, the best postwar presidents were Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton. The most despised? President Bush and Ronald Reagan "because they were seen as erratic and unpredictable," according to Patrick Dunleavy, a political scientist at the London School of Economics.

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