Friday, June 12, 2009

Kahn's Paradox

Jean-François Kahn, erstwhile editor turned centrist politician, sees a cruel paradox in Sunday's election results. The combined parties of the right scored only 40 percent, yet Sarkozy emerges stronger than ever because his two principal rivals, the Socialists and le cavalier seul Bayrou, were weakened if not destroyed. Yet he sees hope in the idea that "the old cleavages" have been transcended and, with the PS now accounting for less than a third of the "opposition" vote, there is room for a new coalition to emerge.

Room, yes, but coalitions don't emerge without leadership, and where that might come from remains a mystery.

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