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Of course the optimal solution would be a single-transferable voter system with an open field. But again, what would be the dynamics in that case? What do you do when you have dozens of candidates campaigning in two dozen countries?

To judge by the experience of the Gray Davis recall election in California, you'd basically have a celebrity popularity contest, and Schwarzenegger (as suggested elsewhere in this thread) would win.

Now seriously, who would be the European celebrity politician most likely to win an open field election?

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Oct 30th, 2012 at 03:11:43 PM EST
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Now seriously, who would be the European celebrity politician most likely to win an open field election?

Lacking a common media/celebrity circus my serious answer is the one backed by the EPP.

My flippant answer is last years Eurovision winner. People have at least voted for he/she/them once before.

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by A swedish kind of death on Tue Oct 30th, 2012 at 03:31:13 PM EST
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Lordi for EU president!

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Oct 30th, 2012 at 03:32:46 PM EST
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This goes back to whethet having the local party support you guarantees that party voters who don't know who you are and cannot understand you speak will vote for you.

Then again, how many voters vote for a candidate they've actually know let alone hears speak, even in domestic elections. What fraction of the voters just vote based on the party logo?

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Oct 30th, 2012 at 03:34:14 PM EST
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Without having any candidates who you know who they are and can understand their speak, I think local party approval is everything. In particular since the local party or no one at all will campaign for the candidate in media and on the streets.

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by A swedish kind of death on Tue Oct 30th, 2012 at 04:08:30 PM EST
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Hm, in 19th century US how many voters heard the presidential candidates speak? Railroads, mass meatings and good vocal training can only do so much.

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by A swedish kind of death on Tue Oct 30th, 2012 at 05:14:31 PM EST
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It is easier to follow the judgment of a party if you can re-assure yourself that you could check up yourself if it matters. A candidate speaking in a language you can't understand doesn't gives you that excuse.
by IM on Wed Oct 31st, 2012 at 03:36:35 AM EST
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