Here is Steve Bell’s (the Guardian cartoonist’s) account of Mr Kerry’s choice for a potential future vice president. It might be slightly frustrating for politically active US citizens who are deeply involved with the differences between the candidates, insofar as they are at all interested in what Europeans think. But face it, right now anybody who beats Mr Bush will do for many people here. Unfortunately, in the media I have seen, knowledge of the candidates trails far behind the perceived importance of the election. I can’t imagine another reason for the Guardian to get away with drivel like “a charismatic mill worker’s son who embodies southern charm”. There is lots of time to develop an opinion about those politicians once they are elected.