Part of the reason I’ve been thinking a lot on how the Republican party collapsed between 2004 and 2008 as that people have been talking about Ma Ying-Jeou’s response to Morakot and W’s response to Katrina, and I’ve been thinking about how to make sure that the same thing *doesn’t* happen. Fortunately so are people within the KMT. We’ll see how things look like in a few months.
One thing I do find interesting is that the Western media has characterized the PRC’s response to the Dalai Lama’s visit to Taiwan as “angry.” It really isn’t. I’ve seen the PRC angry, this isn’t angry. It’s also interesting to me that all of the official mention of it is in the English media. So far the PRC has not mentioned it at all in the Chinese language press. Also there isn’t a huge amount of coverage in the Taiwan press (either pro-blue or pro-green). The pro-blue press is trying to forget the story. The pro-green press is trying to do what they can to make Ma look bad by suggesting that he cooperated with the PRC in handling the public response to the visit (and I wouldn’t be surprised at all if he did).
The other thing that I find interesting is the parallels between politics in southern Taiwan and those of the southern United States. A lot of the notion of “independence” is rather similar in both places.