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So now we know the real story behind Barack Obama's election as U.S. president. According to a story in, the whole thing was a Republican conspiracy.

You can read the whole story in Russian here and in English here.

Here's the money quote:

It would be a mistake to think that Obama will mark the beginning of a new era in U.S. politics. Obama became the president because a scapegoat was needed during hard economic times....

The Republicans simply decided to step aside and allow Obama to become a temporary transitional figure. John McCain was too conservative to win. If Obama does not manage to solve the crisis in two or three years, the Republicans will unveil their real candidate and Obama's presidency will finish earlier than expected.

-- Brian Whitmore

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