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Opinion by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The results of the U.S. midterm elections, which created a small stir in the world, has given pundits an opportunity to consider what happened in the Brazilian elections - which caused no stir at all. A curmudgeonly compilation of contrasts follows.

“He’s (not) the man!” Before the 2010 elections, President Lula enjoyed a positive approval rating of over 80 percent, well-nigh unheard-of in true democracies. President Obama, on the other hand, had fallen from similarly dizzy heights to a 46 percent approval rating. Lula’s support was instrumental in . . .

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The Curmudgeon moved to Rio over forty years ago, and remained there until late 2018. He's been writing political commentary for The Rio Times for nine years. He once referred to himself as a WASP (look it up) but doesn't any more because it embarrasses him.