Wednesday, March 7, 2012
The Sarkozy Style
Sarkozy se défend de toute "droitisation" by lemondefr
All politicians evade issues when they choose to do so, but Sarkozy has developed evasion into an offensive rather than defensive strategy. He first softens up the enemy with a barrage of rhetorical questions: "Do you really think ... Can you possibly be saying ... Do you find it normal that ..." He invents irrelevant analogies: "If Mme Le Pen says she prefers sunny weather to rain, well, I have news for you. I agree with her. Does that put me on the extreme right?" You've changed your mind. "So? One has the right to reflect in this life ... but in fact I haven't changed my mind on the substance."
The problem is, as with so much of Sarkozy's style, it's become familiar and tiresome. His scowls, his aggressiveness, his contempt for his interlocutor, his habit of making the form of the questioning the issue rather than the substance .... we've seen it all a thousand times before. It has ceased to be effective.