President Ma Ying Jeou of the Kuomintang Party won the re-election in a closely tied election last weekend.
The pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lost the election in Taiwan, however, unexpectedly conquered the online community of people from the mainland. The DPP had long been equated to evils who played with narrow minded village idiots who can't see anything beyond their nose. The greedy former DPP president Chen Shui-bian who was serving jail time for broad corruptions charges did not help DPP's image. And of course, the dirty tricks they played to steal the elections in 2000 was still fresh on tape.
Mainland people who was able to 'climb over the (Great Fire) Wall' was shocked when watching the presidential debate among the three candidates this time. They were surprised to find the main focus of each and everyone of them was on people's well being, instead of ideology or politics. One online post commented, after watching the debate, he had no problem if any one of them turn out ruling China.
Many walked over the red line to express support to the DPP candidate Ms. Tsai Ing-wen, who earned extra bonus points for her conceding speech in which she gracefully accepted the defeat but encourage people to keep on the fighting as 'Taiwan needs different voices'. 'Different voice' is something you do not see in the mainland. Even the 'trouble-maker' James Soong Chu-yu of the People First Party, a member of the pan-Blue Coalition who almost sabotaged Ma's slim edges received applause for making different voices. One thing is for sure, people on the mainland abandoned the independence issue as the sole criteria between right and wrong.
A long time Communism Party member commented after observing the election online: we would not be 'liberating' them if we launched war against Taiwan.