Thousands of supporters returned piggy banks yesterday, with the DPP’s headquarters in Pingtung County receiving about 1,200 piggy banks within two hours of opening its doors at 10 am.In Taipei the DPP also said 50,000 people showed up to drop off piggy banks. Friends who were there said it certainly seemed like there were that many.
The DPP’s regional campaign headquarters in Greater Taichung also saw a huge response, with supporters bringing in piggy banks weighing 70kg on a shoulder-pole. In Chiayi County, a supporter showed up with three live piglets, which immediately became the focus of many photographs.
Meanwhile, despite the smear over a biotech investment (see post below this one) the DPP continues to gain momentum. Earlier today the NCCU prediction market was displaying irrational exuberance, with Tsai predicted to beat Ma by 9 points, and shares of Tsai selling for nearly $20 more than shares of Ma in the predicted winner market.
German press agency DPA turned in a surprisingly sympathetic article, despite a couple of errors. AP (in WaPo) reports that Tsai and Ma are now running neck and neck. It will be interesting to watch how the international media scores the last few intense weeks of this election. Don't forget there's a legislative election going on -- most everyone seems to, yet the legislature is in its way more important than the presidency.
The debate between the vice presidential candidates also seemed to go well for DPP Veep candidate Su. The key thing is that Su did not make any glaring errors. The DPP's game this time around seems to be a solid mistake-free ball control game. It makes for a bland election, but one I am very happy with.
- China Post with a surprisingly good editorial on Chiu Yi and the ridiculous striptease allegation.
- Drew with a fantastic post on biking and KMT propaganda.
- Christian Science Monitor has a nice piece on Ma's proposal for a peace accord, which hurt his campaign badly. In it is mentioned Lai Shin-yuan, the TSU politician that Ma made head of the MAC. Remember when she was first appointed the international media crowed that she was a pro-independence politician?
But for Taiwan to actually sign an accord, which was first suggested in 2008, it would require more public support at home and more trust in Beijing than exist today, says Lai Shin-yuan, the Taiwanese government's top policymaker in relations with China.Looks like Lai learned to parrot the KMT line pretty fast, though as I noted in the post, she probably never was very green.
“The opposition intentionally exaggerated this issue,” she charges. “They don’t have a China policy, so they’re always stirring things up, always making accusations ahead of the election, saying we’re going to sell out Taiwan or unify or whatever.”
- JustRecently on the prediction market and polls here.
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