Sunday, September 27, 2009

Implications of the German Result

The German Social Democrats have suffered a stunning defeat. What lessons will the French Left draw from the failure of the "Grand Coalition" in Germany? There are of course many differences between the two countries' situations. But Die Linke did surprisingly well in today's election, and the past few years' effort to rule from the "responsible center" seems to have done nothing to help the sagging fortunes of the Left. Jean-Luc Mélenchon, whose effort to form a splinter party on the left was inspired by Die Linke, sees the outcome as a warning to the PS. The outcome is sure to be spun every which way by others in the French Left.

Frankly, I'm not sure what to make of the German vote.

PS Needs Web Designer

After Ségolène Royal's Web site was mercilessly mocked, to the point where Pierre Bergé, her mécène de service, refused to pay for it (it was designed by her boyfriend), you'd think Bertrand Delanoë would have hired a pro. Perhaps he did, but the result is rather amateurish.

Are the Socialists doomed to be Les Pieds Nickelés of politics in all departments?