Sunday, March 23, 2014

Paris Vaut Bien Une Messe

It's close in Paris, 35 and change for NKM, 34 and some for Hidalgo. The smart money says Hidalgo is in because the right is in mauvaise posture in two key arrondissements, the 12th and 14th (the mayor is elected by the council, not directly by the voters). We'll see. Still, it's hardly a glorious night for the Left even in Paris, where it has been doing well in recent years and where the EELV outpolled the FN in the first round (a good sign for the Socialists). But clearly the overriding theme in this election is that disappointment with Hollande has trumped everything else. The left is demobilized and morose.

2 comments:

Mitch Guthman said...

Paris is apparently worth very little to the PS since that's exactly what Hidalgo has offered to Parisiens who are not property developers. The fact that Hidalgo (the deputy to an enormously popular incumbent mayor) managed to come in second to somebody who was tacitly opposed by the UMP's old guard in Paris and who ran the most absolutely inept campaign in possibly the history of Western civilization speaks volumes.

It also wouldn't shock me if the EELV refused to support Hildago in the second round. I understand that there are understands but she's offered them nothing for their support and the EELV voters probably would have a better lifestyle in a Paris run by NKM; which is to say that she's not a terrifying "teahadist" the PS can use to force the EELV to merge lists without any concessions.

I would be interested to hear from somebody closer to the action but I don't think the EELV's support (or at least the support of EELV voters) is something Hildago can take for granted.

So the question for Hildago is whether Paris is worth even a token gesture to the left, let alone an actual conversion to liberalism.

Mary Campbell Gallagher said...

Amen, Mitch Gutman. You wrote, "Paris is apparently worth very little to the PS since that's exactly what Hidalgo has offered to Parisiens who are not property developers." The media have ignored the unholy alliance between the Socialist Party if Paris and international property developers. I am happy to see you acknowledging it.