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June 10, 2007 by Bruce Carroll
Peter Hughes says
June 10, 2007 at 3:06 pm - June 10, 2007
AWWW!! Is that Saxby? He looks ready for a pat and a gentle scratch on the ears!!
Good vs. Evil says
June 10, 2007 at 3:45 pm - June 10, 2007
Yes, it is great to be free to use this day for what you want. Saxby looks very comfy as I and my pooches have walked, wrestled and relaxed this free day to enjoy.
Am enjoying Bernard Goldberg Crazies Left, Wimps Right book.
FREEDOM, nothing like it!
June 10, 2007 at 9:09 pm - June 10, 2007
What a cutie.
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I’m glad French voters weren’t lazy today. (Today is France’s first round of parliamentary elections.) Sarkozy’s conservatives lead opposition socialists 40% to 25% with about 80% of votes counted. It was predicted that socialists would do much better than in the Presidential elections, which many dismissed as a fluke of personality over substance, i.e. voters didn’t vote for conservatism, but against Royal.
June 11, 2007 at 9:17 am - June 11, 2007
Are we now having to deploy gratuitous cute doggie pictures to get traffic? It works for ME!!
June 11, 2007 at 9:41 am - June 11, 2007
French elections – Good side topic, HH. The good news is holding up: http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070611/ts_nm/france_election_dc;_ylt=Aj4ZKgcBwahL7hIjy_ufHNBZ.3QA
I don’t really get what the “second round” is about (unless it’s another runoff, eliminating small parties)… but whatever it is, it’s on June 17.
June 11, 2007 at 10:22 am - June 11, 2007
Addendum – Here’s a thought.
France elected Jacques Chirac as a Center-right candidate. He was no leftist – but he was willing to compromise with the Left (e.g., when he backed down on the change that would have let French companies fire new employees who didn’t perform). Voters grew dissatisfied with him. Sound familiar?
Now let’s look at how the French voters handled it. Did they vote for the Left? Briefly, yes, in some off-year parliamentary elections. But for the
French Presidential election, a somewhat principled Right candidate (or the closest equivalent in French politics) emerged, and won their support to solve certain big problems. Isn’t that interesting?
Long story short: dissatisfaction with a weak, confused Center-Right administration does not automatically translate into victory for the Left. Voters want, and will respond to, a positive and principled Right candidate – more than a “compromiser”. We’ve seen it before, with Reagan. I hope we see it again, with someone good in 2008.
June 11, 2007 at 10:52 am - June 11, 2007
#6 – You are correct; the second-round is a runoff-type election, and again it will be between Sarkozy’s party and Royale’s party. Interestingly enough, the far-right and far-left parties experienced dramatic drop-offs in votes from previous elections. My conjecture is that the French voting population is coalescing towards the middle.
June 11, 2007 at 12:55 pm - June 11, 2007
Pierre, ton conclusion, c’est vrais parce-que Chirac est une figure polariser — la partie avec tout l’influence n’est pas des conservateurs (UMP) ou des socialistes, mais des centristes et en particulier Francois Bayroux. (Socialisme, a practique en France aujourd’hui, au moyen de ses comites, de ses cotisations, il a porte toutes ses forces, toute son activite, toute son influence du cote des haines nationales. Quelle nation? Les Etats-Unis.) Bien sur, les deux possibilites ont: La victoire est pour centrisme, ou il y a une nouvelle tendance politique dans la nation. La transformation, c’est permanent? J’espere!
Je regret — my French is really rusty and there are mistakes, but I couldn’t resist. To make up for it, here’s a cute doggie picture.
June 11, 2007 at 1:08 pm - June 11, 2007
#9 – HH, comme vous dites.
June 11, 2007 at 1:18 pm - June 11, 2007
Oh, come on guys. Chirac was/is less of a polarizing figure than Sarkozy. Sarkozy is to the right of Chirac. Riots didn’t break out when Chirac was elected – they did with Sarkozy.
And as for Bayroux and the centrists? Not even in the runoff. Obviously, their voters are. I’m talking about parties. Historic gains are about to be made (we hope) by UMP – the conservative party.
All in all, HardHobbit, I’d go with your second possibility – a “new political tendency in the nation”. As for whether it is permanent – You’re right, we don’t know. Obviously Sarkozy and the UMP will have to deliver, now. And not take the country too far, too fast.
Side note: Please continue in English, that all interested commentors may participate or at least read.
June 12, 2007 at 11:13 am - June 12, 2007
Very cute, much like our dogs looked after we got back from South Carolina yesterday. Well, once they stopped hopping around, that is.
June 12, 2007 at 3:31 pm - June 12, 2007
#11 – ILC, it also appears as though the demonization of Sarkozy has begun. I guess this means that he is doing something right to piss off both the libtard moonbats and the MSM.