Thu Oct 14th, 2010 at 07:10:24 AM EST
Remember when everyone in Europe was ridiculously falling over themselves in their attempt to ride Obama's coattails two years ago? It seems the Tea Party is the new American Chic.
Esperanza Aguirre is the current President of the Madrid regional government, former mayor of Madrid and presumably aspires to succeed Mariano Rajoy as leader of Spain's main right-wing party, the PP.
| "El Tea Party lo que hace es patriotismo, menos impuestos y menos intervención del Gobierno, y con estas ideas yo estoy bastante de acuerdo", ha afirmado Aguirre, aunque ha negado que eso suponga que sea la representante del Tea Party en España. En referencia a la izquierda ha señalado que eso que "le pareció una cosa tan terrorífica a mí me parecen tres cosas que no están mal".||"What the Tea Party does is patriotism, less taxes and less government intervention, and I rather agree with these ideas", Agurre stated, though she has denied that this means she represents the Tea Party in Spain. Referring to the left she pointed out that this which "seemed so terrifying to them, to mee seem three things that are not so bad". |
This happened at the "Breakfast" morning talk show in the national TV station TVE 1.
The appeal to patriotism is interesting in the wake of Tuesday's booing of Prime Minister Zapatero by PP sympathisers at the military parade on the occasion of Spain's national holiday (October 12).
|Preguntada por si en España sería posible algo así, Aguirre ha bromeado que "aquí sería una café party". Pero ha puesto en valor el patriotismo como una de las ideas principales del movimiento: "En Chile hemos tenido un ejemplo" -ha apuntado en referencia al rescate de los mineros en Atacama- "¡Qué lección de patriotismo!"||Asked whether in Spain something like it would be possible, Aguirre joked that "here it would be a Coffee _Party_". But she valued patriotism as one of the movement's main ideas: "in Chile we had an example" - she indicated referring to the miners' rescue - "What a Patriotism lesson!"|
If Aznar's self-imposed term limits had left you bereft of Spanish right wing insanity, I give you Esperanza Aguirre for your wincing pleasure.