You know there’s something seriously wrong with Jordanian politics when someone is more interested in who wins the New Hampshire primary than about both the municipal and parliamentary elections we held last year. Yes, I am speaking about myself. And this is coming from someone who followed both elections closely and invested a great deal of thinking, writing, reading and discussion when it came to dissecting these elections piece by piece, if nothing more than out of personal pleasure. Elections, which some would argue, have an enormous impact on my life as a Jordanian.
And yet, Clinton winning the New Hampshire primary seemed so much more, riveting; so much more, politically sexier? I even wanted to know who would win Dixville Notch at 12 in the morning, six hours before the rest of the polls opened. It’s the difference between watching the final match between Faisaly and Wahdat, versus the final match of the World Cup.
It makes me wonder what gives American politics so much prestige, what makes it so much more interesting than elections anywhere else in the world? Is it the superpower thing? Is it the culture? Hell, we had candidates buying votes for 50JDs during the last elections and the government transporting military personnel to flood the ballots in competitive districts. If that’s not good TV then I don’t know what is!
Is it the years of culturalization: from TV shows, to Hollywood, to CNN and Time Magazine; have we all been conditioned on an international scale to believe that American politics are so important? That their role in world history has mattered immensely in the past century? Is it impact?
Even with us, the majority being Arabs and Muslims, the majority believing that the ultimate lesson to be learned from American elections is simple: whoever wins, we lose.
And yet, I remain addicted.
Maybe it’s just me.