On Monday, Lehrer applied both liberal and conservative labels when describing a political stalemate that's been wrenching Germany for a few weeks now:
For the first time, Germany will have a woman as chancellor. That word came today in a power-sharing deal. Conservative Angela Merkel will be the chancellor. She advocates market reforms and closer ties to the United States. She'll replace Gerhard Schroeder, but his liberal allies will hold key posts in the new Cabinet. Last month's parliamentary elections yielded no clear winner.