Saturday, July 12, 2014
Is the UMP About to Explode?
According to Le Monde, one-third of UMP sympathizers think the party should dissolve. The "war of the chiefs," the Bygmalion scandal, the €74 million debt, the revelations of nepotism and high-living among insiders, the Sarkozy scandals and their repercussions -- it's all been too much for M. et Mme Dupont. Various former dignitaries have been hurling brickbats at one another. Rachida Dati says it's not her fault if François Fillon felt humiliated by her man Sarkozy for 7 years. Fillon's people are busy leaking evidence of Jean-François Copé's mismanagement of the party, his (and Dati's) cell phone bills, and the thousands spent on travel and salary for Copé's wife to serve as his "special assistant." It's no wonder the UMP was so desperate to win the 2012 election: it was the only the way to keep the lid on this bacchanalia, which is awaiting the poet capable of rendering it in a latter-day Satyricon.