Saturday, October 20, 2007

Où sont les adhérents d'antan?

Much was made of the fact that the Socialist Party had thrown open its doors to bring new and younger voters into the process of choosing its presidential candidate. For 20 euros, anyone could join and vote in the internal primary, with no obligation to attend meetings or distribute tracts. Without these "20-euro members," the choice of candidate might have been different. But now that the renewal of the party failed to produce a victory, many of these new members seem to have disappeared. Estimates differ, and the data seem extremely dubious, but Rue89 reports that anywhere from 50 to 80 percent of the 20-euro contingent has disappeared. Yet another unhappy sign for the PS.

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