On arrive ainsi à une définition en négatif de ce qu’est la social-démocratie, version Solférino : « Ni social-libéralisme ni néocommunisme ». Entre les deux, le champ des possibles est ouvert. « J’ai tout millimétré, bouché les éventuels angles d’attaque », savoure le premier secrétaire.One might have expected Cambadélis, the ex-trot, to be a different kind of leader from Hollande, who also preferred the mushy via negativa to any forthright effort to formulate a positive program, but the factional divisions, always in evidence when the Socialists are in power, are today deeper than ever and would split the party wide open if openly acknowledged. So Cambadélis has chosen to bury them for the next two years, hoping somehow to muddle through to re-election on the strength of being neither this nor that. The one flaw in this strategy is that the Hollande-Valls team has chosen to be frankly "social liberal," so Cambadélis's via negativa is daily contradicted by the facts. It would be more accurate to define the Socialists today as "neither FN nor soft-FN"--that is, neither Rassemblement Bleu Marine nor her baby blue emulators.
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Meanwhile, chez les Socialistes ....
The previous post was about rightwing Hotspur Laurent Wauquiez. Meanwhile, on the left, the Socialists, as is their wont, have achieved unity in vagueness, muffling their message in a pile of mush. Leader Cambadélis likes it that way. Indeed, he has chosen a via negativa to the definition of the Socialist God (the mauvaises langues will find it irresistible to quip that this is the God that failed circa 1983, but pay them no mind):