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Don't really know about your reading of Müntefering. I think he probably saw it as a choice between two evils. With Ypsilanti failing being worse. You have to keep in mind that he ended the Schröder II government because the CDU/CSU had gotten too powerful in the Bundesrat.

We'll have to see how the federal SPD reacts to the expulsion proceedings now. My guess is that unlike Clement, these four aren't going to get any backing from Steinmeier et al in Berlin.

Useful or useless, they're idiots.

by nanne (zwaerdenmaecker@gmail.com) on Tue Nov 4th, 2008 at 07:08:39 AM EST
In my reading, there were just too many things out of place: if he is more worried about the rebels, why does he wax lyrical about their reasons, and about Ypsilanti's broken promise? What sense does it make to start off by repeating the "promise" to not ally with the Left Party on the day that option died anyway? Why is he sowing doubts about Ypsilanti's future, while attempting a preemptive strike by implicitely appealing against the expulsion of the four? Why does he want to talk with Ypsilanti, and not the four?

On the other hand, by today, I see another reading: that the old man was just out of his depth. That the incoherence of his message was because he had no message worked out at all. That somehow he realises these four blew it big time, but doesn't know where it went all wrong.

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

by DoDo on Tue Nov 4th, 2008 at 12:34:04 PM EST
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i agree w/ your analysis that he was caurght unaware.  But that's indictment itself.  Time to retire gracefully.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin
by Crazy Horse on Tue Nov 4th, 2008 at 01:11:00 PM EST
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Well, 'discovering your conscience in the last moment' is not necessarily praise. Could even be read as sarcasm. But as far as I can see, he was trying to be careful.
by nanne (zwaerdenmaecker@gmail.com) on Tue Nov 4th, 2008 at 01:12:14 PM EST
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