The Ties That Won't Bind

It was all spit and tears. The most salient moment in the campaign for Taiwan's legislative elections last Saturday—a contest the local press ultimately dubbed the "saliva war"—came when the opposition Kuomintang (KMT) issued an official press release in which it remarked, without elaborating, that "23 million Taiwanese are wiping the DPP's ass." Candidates from the ruling Democratic Progressive Party were not the only ones splashed with vitriol. At one time or another, negative campaigning and personal attacks sent members of each of Taiwan's four major parties to their knees, weeping. Or at least they put on a good show of...

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