Thursday, November 8, 2012
In my previous post, I dissed "le storytelling de Hollande." Now, if you want an example of a successful coup de comm', you have no farther to look than to this article in Le Monde. Here, Manuel Valls manages to take credit for the "social VAT" while at the same time modestly--and no doubt quite accurately--eschewing any actual role in bringing it about. Clearly, the consensus behind the revamping of social-security financing in France is far broader than any single politician's campaign position on the VAT. But Valls effortlessly manages to take credit for the change while denying any responsibility for its details. Hollande's people should study this act of remarkable finesse.
Posted by Art Goldhammer at 8:46 AM