Wednesday, August 24, 2011

"The French FDR"

DSK's team apparently had it all figured out. He was to resign from the IMF in late June, announce his candidacy on June 28, preceded by a "blitzkrieg" in the last two weeks of June, positioning himself as "the French FDR," savior in a time of crisis. With Laurent Fabius as his campaign manager!

The best laid plans ... I especially like the idea of taking it easy through the summer. I've always thought that DSK was a lazy politician with little taste for the thousand indignities of campaigning (who can blame him for that?). A blitzkrieg campaign followed by a sequence of stealthy appearances would have been just his style.


Anonymous said...

The "weekend at the farm" idea sounds daft - like only an out of touch spin doctor could high-five himself for coming up with it.
As for "taking it easy through the summer and coming in just for the last day in la Rochelle", how was that supposed to work?
Aubry's taken it easy through the summer with an absence that was especially noticeable when the S&P crisis hit; her "ratings" slipped because of it (the polls are a bit behind but just wait - unless there's a major rebound from La Rochelle, which is very, very possible. The Hollande camp is already complaining that pro-Aubry guests outnumber, ALONE, all other guests combined. Which sounds suspiciously like a hijacking to me.)
Thanks to their groundwork, Royal and Montebourg are pulling themselves up. Just because they were there. Of course they polled to low numbers and DSK must have believed he'd get sky-high numbers from the get-go. Nevertheless, a 2-month absence sounds like a very weak strategy.
Essentially, it sounds as if DSK didn't want to campaign and believed he'd win without it. What kind of politicians believes that and plans according to this belief?
French people seem to think he's a genius but that sure doesn't scream "political genius" to me.

Cincinna said...

From the hundreds of comments about l'affaire DSK on websites of left wing papers le Monde &  Libération, the sentiment anti-DSK is strong, with much introspection & revulsion. 
  It may be that Team DSK, with all of Anne Sinclair's billions has struck out. 
  It seems that Sarko has caught a lucky break, as has the low key, un-charismatic fonctionnaire, François Hollande. 
The song "War is a Science" from Bob Fosse's wonderful musical comedy "Pippin" comes to mind:
  "The rule that every general knows by heart: it's smarter to be lucky than it's lucky to be smart."