Lalmohan wrote:ramana -i saw a graphic a few days ago that completely illustrates your point. measuring the ideological spread of members of the house and senate. 20 years ago there were overlapping blue and red bell curves in the centre. this year there are two distinct (non overlapping) blue and red bell curves. the centre is dead.
this is the brilliant outcome the Russians have achieved - again, not just in the US, but in most of the western democracies. france and Germany managed to take counter action prior to their elections (but merkel is still out as putin wanted) but the US and UK fell into the bear trap
I do not think the vaccum in the middle should be chalked to "Russian achievement".
Fifteen years back (@2005) I had a chance to interact with certain members of the house from different political ideologies and different states (and not california). In all the panel was made of some 9 house representatives and they were talking about 2-3 topics of that day. They took several ideological lines then (left for democrats and right for republicans) and neither understood the core of the issues on those topics being blinded by their ideologies.
My comment to them was that in their ideological left or right stands, the center is dead. And that all members might want to step out of their ideological shoe boxes and see that their solutions are really centrist. (ofcourse I was curtly told that I cannot raise any more questions).
Point is 15 years back itself the ideological divide across the aisle was steep. For example GWBush Jr was shown by the #mediapimps as "a bumbling idiot" compared to suave John Kerry or even suave'r Al Gore. As if half of America is dumb.
Coming to Germany, Merkel is a racist christian idiot. It is her idiosyncrasy which is causing problems for herself and Germany. Russia just have to give a long rope to that idiot. For example, Germany advises the world over about "environment" and "green energy" while Merkel herself is plumbing for polluting diesel engines and support for Beemers and Mercs.