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Who am I supposed to root for?

Strauss Kahn looks elegant (like an old owl) and he is a tecnocrat. One can write his name as Strauss Khan and pretend he is a descendant of Djinghis Khan. Very good. He was the minister of Economics, Finance, and Industry when Superphénix was forcibly shut down. Very bad.

Fabius opposed the European Constitution, creating all kinds of troubles. And he doesn't look as owlish as Strauss Kahn.

Royal is pretty. Also married to the socialist party boss, opening up possibilities to all kinds of interesting conflicts and scandals. Very good. According to Wikipedia, she has been educated as a lawyer, not as an engineer. Bad. Further, according to Wikipedia:

She has made a point of speaking up on subjects the French Left usually feels uncomfortable with, most notably juvenile delinquents, going as far as advocating putting young delinquents under a reform regime with a "military dimension" [4], causing a stir within her own party and attacking Nicolas Sarkozy on his own turf. She also hasn't hesitated to criticize some side effects of the 35-hour working week that Lionel Jospin wrote into law when he was Prime Minister.

Very good.

I can't really decide between Royal and Djinghis Strauss.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.

by Starvid on Thu Nov 16th, 2006 at 12:51:29 PM EST

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