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For German-speakers: good commentary by Heribert Prantl in sueddeutsche.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Mon Nov 3rd, 2008 at 06:20:31 PM EST
In a taz interview with Priska Hinz (Greens), who would have became culture minister under Ypsilanti, she notes that the conscience-plagued had no trouble voting down CDU plans with the Left Party in the past 10 months (the left-of-centre majority fulfilled an election promise by kicking tuition fees). Also, she doesn't want to exclude any constellation for after new elections (naming Ypsilanti's pre-elections rejection of the Left Party as the bad example).

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Mon Nov 3rd, 2008 at 06:27:59 PM EST
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The heaviest criticism for Ypsilanti (apart from the usual suspects in the punditry) come from the Greens (alos in the above interview), for a failure to keep his own in line. But I can only partly agree.

You can't say there was no sustained attempt to keep the dissenters on board. All four rebels noted that they have been "under extreme pressure". Then again, that may mean that Ypsilanti and her supporters relied solely Schröder's and Müntefering's recipe for disacipline from the olden' days, mobbing. And yet again, I don't see a lot of other choices.

For example, I don't understand how anyone could have thought that giving Walter the economic ministry to keep him from rebelling was in the realm of the possible. This is the key post for one of Ypsilanti's key election themes, a potential saboteur there would just have killed her ambitious renewables program -- and especially Greens should see that.

Still, maybe more would have been possible. I have this crazy idea that maybe the big anti-communists could have been moved if Ypsilanti had them sit down for a long chat in small circle with van Ooyen & co.

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

by DoDo on Tue Nov 4th, 2008 at 12:53:42 PM EST
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As I see it is fair criticism towards the Soc dems as an organisation.

Parties remain competitors even if they cooperate. When party A makes a deal they need to know that party B will uphold their part. If the deal falls through party A needs to establish that it was party B's fault, so as not to be blamed by the voters.

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by A swedish kind of death on Tue Nov 4th, 2008 at 01:58:05 PM EST
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Today, the same Heribert Prantl attacked Müntefering, in which he outlines the point afew makes upthread. He also says:

Parteichef Müntefering hätte, weil die Verirrungen und Verwirrungen in Hessen augenscheinlich waren, als Mediator, als Schlichter und Vermittler und Psychotherapeut tätig werden müssen.Given that the aberrations and confusion were evident in Hessen, party chairman Müntefering should have became active as mediator, conciliator and mediator and psychotherapist.
Seine Unterlassung war sträflich. Es war ein schwerer Fehler mit weitreichenden Folgen, Andrea Ypsilanti und den oder die Abtrünnigen nicht an einen Tisch zu holen.His omission was criminal. It was a serious mistake with far-reaching consequences to not bring Andrea Ypsilanti and the rebels to one table.

To be fair, Münte was in a damned if I do, damned if I don't position: it would have been rather difficult for him to come and not be seen as partial to Metzger & Walter, and the party Left pushed him hard to accept the autonomy of regional party branches upon his return to power.

Still, for the benefit of the party, he should have attempted something anyway.

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

by DoDo on Tue Nov 4th, 2008 at 01:06:55 PM EST
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