Friday, September 26, 2008

Who Went Where?

Now that the putative "courant Strauss-Kahnien" has fractured, who went where? We know that Cambadélis and Montebourg joined Fabius chez Aubry. It's therefore interesting to learn that the estimable strategist Alain Bergounioux, the principal author of the manifesto that tried to find common ground and coherence amid the party squabbles, went to Delanoë, as did Grenoble mayor Michel Destot (of "Rocardian" sensibility, as is Bergounioux) and former defense minister Alain Richard (a "Jospinian").

So? So, if I were to find myself in a dark alley some night, I'd rather meet up with these guys than with Fabius, Cambadélis, and Montebourg. The Aubry camp seems to embody the Florentine side of the Mitterrand legacy. The henchmen still have their daggers, and it is only a matter of time before they turn on one another. The Delanoë camp is altogether more sober, which, alas, may be a polite way of saying boring. Royal offers a mediagenic front to a phalanx of suits, and Valls runs her a close second as the most presentable of politicians, though what he says runs the risk of running counter to what she says. If I were a betting man, I guess I'd put my money on Royal at this point, and I think that if her faction wins, the party leadership will in fact go to Gérard Collomb, the mayor of Lyon.

4 comments:

Leo said...

"If I were a betting man, I guess I'd put my money on Royal at this point"

Art, on this point Le Figaro's readers totally differ from you. But I guess they won't be among participating to the vote (just as you I guess).

http://www.lefigaro.fr/politique/2008/05/20/01002-20080520QCMWWW00372-qui-sera-le-prochain-premier-secretaire-du-ps-.php

Anonymous said...

Leo, a large majority of the rightwing voters cannot stand Royal (in the same way the Left cannot stand Sarkozy), so I guess the opinion of the Figaro readers is less than representative in this regard.

I am putting my bet on Peillon.

Unknown said...

Peillon! Interesting thought! I can see the wisdom of that choice.

Leo said...

Merci Christine, I did not know. Since you bet on Peillon, I can safely bet on Michel Charrasse.