Thursday, March 7, 2013

"The Adjectival Left" and the "Right of Return"

Laurent Bouvet has some fun with the manifestos issued by various would-be factions of the "new" Socialist Party, which seek "to exist" by inscribing arresting adjectives on a banner, hoisting it up the flagpole, and seeing who salutes. Thus we have "la gauche forte," "la gauche populaire," and "la gauche durable."

Meanwhile, on the right, Nicolas Sarkozy has reportedly begun to muse about the fatal moment when the question will no longer be whether he "wishes" to return to politics (meaning: run for president, since there is no other kind of "politics" for one who has tasted the ultimate power) but rather whether he has any choice other than to throw his hat once again into the ring. Faire don de sa personne à la France, as it were. The various presidential plotters in the UMP have thus been put on notice: a sort of Night of the Long Knives could well be in preparation. Of course it's never a good idea to warn the potential victims of a conspiracy that their days may be numbered.

Sarkozy's remarks are intended to create a certain aura of inevitability around his eventual return to power. It is no longer a possibility that he evokes but a veritable "right of return," as though a renewal of his lease on the Elysée were his historic right as a man unjustly evicted by the current occupant of the place.

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