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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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