Monday, October 17, 2011

La gauche hollandaise

Gérard Grunberg thinks that Martine Aubry made a serious error in polarizing the second round with her attacks on "la gauche molle" since she herself has long steeped in the same sauce hollandaise façon Delors. The pertinence of this observation depends, I suppose, on whether you're thinking about political ideology or personality. Aubry, taking advantage of her reputation as the bulldozer who pushed through the 35-hour law, wanted to come on as the tough guy. It was a logical card to play, but, as I see it, the base of support of the governmental left has changed--it's aged, moderated, and bourgeoisified. That's where the votes are. Or at any rate 56% of the votes.

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