Friday, January 18, 2008

Moscovici Speaks Frankly

Pierre Moscovici calls upon his comrades to forget personalities and reflect upon the true condition of the left. He is blunt: "In reality, the left enjoyed no 'popular base' in the presidential election, in any case not a sufficient one; to believe otherwise is pure fantasy. The 'popular' classes did not see us as their representatives in 2007. Why deny it and tell ourselves pretty stories?" As further evidence of the shifting political landscape in France, he notes that his own district, which had been firmly left since 1980, voted 31 pct. for Le Pen in 2002 and 65 pct against the European constitution in 2005 after having been 53 pct in favor of the Maastricht Treaty in 1992.

His comments on Ségolène Royal, condemning both the vicious denigration and the "childish" idolatry, are also worth attending to.