It was a great honor to attend Turkish presidential candidate Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu's press conference on Thursday July 10, which was held at Istanbul's Ciragan Palace. After listening to Ihsanoglu's speech I realize that he is one of the best politicians that Turks have come across in quite some time.
Instead of victory, we have humiliation. Defeat. And a sweet, sweet vindication that the Republican strategy of stoking up faux-populism, of just saying no, of never proposing a solution to any problem, has blown up so spectacularly because in their gorgeously gerrymandered districts, people -- voters -- have bought the line.