Monday, May 07, 2012

Comparative Politics

Let's review the bidding: incumbent who promised "change" and then disappoints almost everybody ...

...defeated by candidate whom no one much likes, but who is not the incumbent.  Were I the leader of some other government, I'd worry.

Followup:  Glib and facile?  Sure.  One big difference between France and US--rightwingers withheld their vote at the instance of a right-wing candidate who figures she can vault herself into the mainstream by strolling through the wreckage that her defeated predecessor leaves behind.  I can't think of anybody in US politics positioned to take her role (no Sarah, not you. And not you either, Michele).

1 comment:

Ebenezer Scrooge said...

I'd say that the bigger difference between US and French politics is that France's disaffected voters can go either Commie or Le Pen, depending on their mood at the moment. Their American equivalent is pretty much wedded to the Republican Party.