Saturday, June 4, 2011
The "hypocritical unity" that Daniel Cohn-Bendit denounced and gave as his reason for avoiding the EELV convention, which just re-elected Cécile Duflot as partly leader, has been ruptured somewhat by Nicolas Hulot's admission that he has had discussions with Jean-Louis Borloo, whom rival Eva Joly immediately denounced as a man of the right and Sarkozyste. Hulot also said that Sarkozy had called him to set up a meeting but that he had demurred for now, during the Green primary season, although he did not rule out a meeting later, since important issues remain on the table and Sarkozy remains "chef de l'executif," a somewhat unusual locution to refer to the man who in France is generally known as "le chef de l'État." Perhaps Hulot is indulging some private political theory to justify this nuance. In any case, he has transgressed in the eyes of some Greens, and Joly insists that the first order of business in politics is to "know who you are enemies are." To tell the truth, although I don't have much faith in Hulot's prospects as a politician, I think it can be a rather adult self-indulgence to suspend the "friend-enemy" distinction from time to time. Politics might be a healthier place if it weren't ruled by petty Carl Schmitts. But he has given his opponent (enemy?) an opening, and she has seized it.