The Greek election reminds me of the cartoons where a character falls off a cliff, and at first falls very slowly and gently, like a leaf in a breeze, but then gravity catches up with him, and he lands with a thud. Greece is falling in slow motion, but it will land with a thud. A thud we will hear in this country.
The question, if you’re the White House/Chicago, is how long will it take? I’m reading predictions of three to six months. The shorter time frame is a disaster for Obama, the longer time frame gets him past the election.
Merkel ultimately isn’t going to save Greece, but she could certainly slow things down. If you’re the German Chancellor, it’s not a bad thing to make the President of the United States your bitch. So she can help Obama stay in the Oval Office — or she can help Mitt get there.
I know we’re all focused on the Koch Brothers and Sheldon Adelson, but probably the single individual with the most power over this election is Angela Merkel. And you thought we won WWI and WWII.