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Nidra Poller is a wackjob neocon Likudnik France-hating female "novelist" supposedly living as an expat in Paris, which allows her to be quoted as a "witness" by ultra-right and neocon sources. Her "testimony" is always tendentious, biased, inaccurate - and is in fact anti-French neocon spin of the more hate-filled variety.

Pity you bother to concur with her view of Royal, you only betray your own anti-Royal bias, oldfrog. Nothing Nidra Poller says about France can be taken seriously.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Apr 4th, 2007 at 02:54:57 AM EST
oops I called her "him". Bof you never now, with Ann Coulter types...

Regarding Royal, I found her description quite accurate. This woman is a not very bright power hungry marketing product. She cannot be a solution for progressives, it blows my mind that modern progressives can support her. There is a very interesting article in Le Monde about the perception big parts of the left have of her :


I prefer a delusional French lefty "moonbat" who still believes in "socialism" as it was perceived 30 years ago, than the segosphere cohorts swallowing the ENA "langue de bois" of the chabichou madonna. At least the first ones are sincere. Reading the blog of DSK, the comments on Liberation is very instructive, often they are less "tender" about Ségo than I am.

I still believe that the best option for the left is to vote Bayrou to stop Sarko. Ségo doesn't stand a chance even if she makes it to the second round.

Nidra has a point in her description of her relation to AC le Feu. She went and signed their manifest, well knowing that it could have been written by Besancenot. Some measures in it are completely unfeasible like bringing down the VAT to 5,5%. But she still signed it. And this is as dishonest than Sarkozy's signing of Hulot's ecological pact. The problem is that I expect a minimum of ethical decency from the left, not the same "magouilles" that the right uses.

Then I can be called "biased"...

by oldfrog on Wed Apr 4th, 2007 at 03:53:50 AM EST
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The problem is still the same - you swallow the Bayrou rhetoric and take him for some kind of "Honest John".

As if all the major candidates are not power-hungry and ready to be hypocritical. No one ever won a presidential election by being utterly sincere.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Apr 4th, 2007 at 04:05:22 AM EST
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I prefer a delusional French lefty "moonbat" who still believes in "socialism" as it was perceived 30 years ago

And why would that be? When I was a student I could not understand what the hard leftist students thought they were accomplishing by living mentally in 1968 and calling anyone who didn't agree with them a "fascist".

Such delusional types may be useful for keeping the Overton window a from going all the way to the right, but other than that...

"It's the statue, man, The Statue."

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Apr 4th, 2007 at 04:43:58 AM EST
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The March 21-22 Sofres Poll of first-round voter intentions gives Bayrou 21.5 percent, Royal 26.5 percent, and Sarkozy 28 percent. What is behind these figures?

Ségolène Royal's campaign is a flop. She is an embarrassment to the Socialist Party machine, a disappointment to the rank and file, a heartbreak for the left-wing media that would have loved to love her. Royal is a caricature of la femme française: charming, attractive, self-centered, narcissistic, manipulative, and capricious. Incapable of giving a straight answer to a simple question, she takes off like a wind-up doll and recites endless platitudes. Though her rudderless platform wobbles precariously on the high seas of the presidential race, one gets the impression that if she is elected, all professions--from CEOs to academics to policemen--will serve as social workers, catering to the suffering masses from the cradle to the grave.

That you agree with that is... interesting. Funny that she's still pretty much level with Sarkozy despite such a catastrophic campaign.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Wed Apr 4th, 2007 at 09:18:21 AM EST
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Her campaign is in fact such a flop that her numbers from TNS-Sofres are higher than Jospin's numbers at any point during 2002 and five points higher for the equivalent period in 2002.

"The basis of optimism is sheer terror" - Oscar Wilde
by NordicStorm (m<-at->sturmbaum.net) on Wed Apr 4th, 2007 at 09:27:46 AM EST
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an embarrassment to the Socialist Party machine

That can't be but a good thing.

"It's the statue, man, The Statue."

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Apr 4th, 2007 at 09:47:22 AM EST
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