The BBC, quoting one Sergei Lopatnikov writing for Russia’s Russky Kuryer:
To a great degree there is no Democratic party candidate John Kerry. There is an abstract “anti-Bush” candidate who has been compelled, in accordance with the US electoral system, to take on human form and assume a human name…
The weakness of his positive programme, his sombre mien, so unusual for an American… and finally, his unique, from the American point of view, potential first lady, create the impression that Kerry is not destined for victory at all.
(Hat tip: Wretchard.)