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It's clear that they buried their political career.

However, I grant different levels of culpability to them: one made her total opposition public alrewady back in March, and just kept to it (I fault her for not keeping the debate/criticism/ultimatum within the party then), the two other conscientous objectors at leasat made their arguments heard at party congresses earlier, but Walter is just spineless. Even SPIEGEL describes him as hiding behind the principled women.

Sadly, I think the events today mean new elections and another five years of the insufferable Koch. Ypsilanti's only chance is if she can direct blame for the ten-month mess towards the gang of four, while her party members communicate that 95% support towards voters; but the MSM is working against her. Not to mention the federal party leadership.

We'll see what transpires.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Mon Nov 3rd, 2008 at 05:03:47 PM EST
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If she and Scheer draft an intelligent renewables program, and market it well, and if the Hessen party continues to back her, won't she do well in the next election?  Won't economic issues help the Hessen SPD?

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin
by Crazy Horse on Mon Nov 3rd, 2008 at 05:12:24 PM EST
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Under the present conditions, with these poll numbers already before the debacle, I fear actual issues would not matter.

I await the next poll from Hessen anxiously...

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Mon Nov 3rd, 2008 at 05:16:27 PM EST
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We had a similar case in Madrid in 2003 and it resulted in a new election in which the PP won an outright absolute majority (as opposed to a plurality with a PSOE-IU majority of 1) and 8 years of Esperanza Aguirre who is now poised to succeed Rajoy in the national PP leaderhip when the hard core of the party decides to finally get rid of him.


Most economists teach a theoretical framework that has been shown to be fundamentally useless. -- James K. Galbraith
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Nov 3rd, 2008 at 05:25:25 PM EST
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