Two contrasting takes on the differences between the British and American political cultures. Here is The Guardian's George Monbiot:
Like most people on my side of the Atlantic, I have for many years been mystified by American politics. The US has the world's best universities and attracts the world's finest minds. It dominates discoveries in science and medicine. Its wealth and power depend on the application of knowledge. Yet, uniquely among the developed nations (with the possible exception of Australia), learning is a grave political disadvantage... On one level, this is easy to answer. Ignorant politicians are elected by ignorant people. US education, like the US health system, is notorious for its failures.
And here is a blog post from Sky's Adam Boulton:
I've been in the US less than a day - but already I'm struck by how unjustifiably arrogant and patronising we Brits are towards the American political process. Just look at the contrast. All of the US is locked into serious debate about a potentially transformational election. And what are we discussing in Britain from the Prime Minister down? Some offensive and smutty phonecalls made a couple of vulgar celebrities... On TV, their talk show hosts such as Jay Leno, David Letterman and Jon Stewart are funny but serious - cutting through the spin to put the candidates to the test... And what do we get? Jonathan Ross asking David Cameron if he used to masturbate about Mrs Thatcher.
We love to attack the US media such as Fox and MSNBC for bias - but what they are doing is arguing fiercely about the issues and attitudes which will define their nation for the next eight years, teasing out such fundamental issues as race, gender, equality, liberty and power.
Boulton's post is worth reading in full. Monbiot's, not so much.