As well known for years hereabouts (Babalu), most Americans don’t give a flying flip about foreign policy.
I say that’s healthy–the sign of a practical, “can-do” populace. Generally speaking, Americans are too-busy trying to better the lot of their family and immediate neighbors (new job, new business, civic associations, town hall meeting, PTA, Tea Parties, Royal Order of the Racoons, Water Buffaloes, etc.) to worry much about the latest Treaty of Westphalia blah…blah…as announced by the New York Times or CNN.
Foreign observers of Americana from De Tocqueville to Luigi Barzini have all mentioned this. It was among the first things that caught their eye. In brief, the “provincialism” of Americans is world-renown.
And the world (to say nothing of America) is a better place for it. Last night both candidates recognized this provincialism (greatly enhanced by the rotten economy.) And the “foreign policy debate”–like a dog on a leash– got a mighty throat-yank when it tried straying (to actual foreign policy.)
Romney did the most leash-yanking. And thus won handily. He knows good and well what’s concerning Americans nowadays. And let’s be practical –“The Cuba Embargo” ain’t it.