Regarding the 57% who profess to believe in a set up…Thanks, Alex. Well said.
If, like me, you counted yourself a fan of DSK, this is not a happy moment. Imagine you’re a socialist militant and were planning to work for him in the upcoming primary. Think how you would feel. (Le Monde has an article, Pour les militants PS, ‘une douche froide,’ that paints a pretty vivid picture.) Denial is said to be one of the stages of grief. If DSK wasn't set up, he is almost certainly guilty, so if you don't want to believe in his guilt, you have to opt for the set up. Everyone has been shocked, stunned, astonished and so on by this business. It was a bombe politique, un coup de tonnerre, un séisme, un tsunami, un choc terrible. But all this violent language, which is really just a pile of clichés, works to obscure the real pain and confusion ordinary people may feel when their hero has suddenly been cut down. This is why I find indignant expressions along the lines of “What about the victim? Why is no one mentioning the victim?” somewhat disingenuous. Of course no one is thinking about the victim, at least not at first. They’re thinking about the one they know and care about. Criticizing BHL’s predictably over-the-top defense of DSK today, Andrew Sullivan cites it as an example of the self-absorbed elite closing ranks around one of their own. But class has nothing to do with it. The families of murderers may be horrified by the crime, but the real punch in the gut comes from knowing that it was *their boy* who did it.
A friend of mine, somewhat more peremptory, puts it this way: "Sure, there was a plot. Mr. Kahn plotted against Dr. Strauss and did him in."