Let's discuss election news outside the United States. The Lebanese elections were held June 7, and Lebanon's pro-Western coalition had a much stronger showing than predicted.

Let's discuss election news outside the United States. The Lebanese elections were held June 7, and Lebanon's pro-Western coalition had a much stronger showing than predicted.

Why, in this war-torn and embattled country, did the extremist party Hezbollah not fare better?

"On Thursday, President Obama reaches out to the Muslim and Arabic world; on Sunday, a pro-American coalition upsets a pro-Hezbollah coalition in the elections in Lebanon," reported MSNBC's Keith Olbermann.

It's the Obama Effect! Wait, isn't that the sequel to The Obama Identity?

Wow, speak in Egypt on Thursday and swing the entire election in Lebanon on Sunday. So the Obama Effect must have influenced the European Union election on that very same Sunday, right? I mean, they love that guy.

But it didn't. After the votes were tallied, the center-right parties had triumphed over the left across the board.

As BBC News reported, throughout the U.K., "the story is the same: the resilience of the right-wing parties in the midst of recession, and a drubbing for the left, whether in or out of power."

What? Europe, you're freaking me out! The deal was, we elect Obama, you love us again and we begin to build the one-world government we've always been talking about - socialism, shared currency and special rights for everyone who wants them.

You agree to eat Baconnaise, we agree to give a crap about soccer, and the International House of Pancakes becomes just House of Pancakes.

Do you know much about the European Parliament? Think of how ineffectual our own Congress is, then imagine if Mexico, Canada and Central and South America got to participate as well. Oh, we'd get some things done.

In Britain, the far-right British National Party picked up their first two Parliament seats ever. In contrast, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown of the center-left Labour Party finished third in the voting, behind even the anti-European U.K. Independence Party.

Afterward, British National Party leader Nick Griffin was mobbed, Beatlemania-style, by adoring fans. What were they chanting? "Nazi scum! Nazi scum! Nazi scum!"

"Nazi scum" ... oh, I remember that song! It was on the Beatles' Really White Album.

So, this Griffin guy must be a pretty charismatic fellow. Asked about immigration and how to define who is "indigenous" to Britain, Griffin said, "You just look. You just know."

I guess it's like gaydar, but with immigrants - immigradar.