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gets the centrists of the party, not of the population (well, both her and Delanoe are an odd mix of center-left and traditional left - just different mixes).

She also get the local militants and federations, as opposed to the Paris barons. Lyon and Marseilles and important federations, but they are not really barons.

It still looks like 3 blocks or equal size at this point. The only hope is that thi internal election allows for an uncontsted leader to emerge, with the party coalescing around him/her. If infighting goes on after the election, it will be catastrophic.

As a side note: most of the time, when I actually read texts written by either of the socialist leaders, there's very little to quibble with on the substance (ie they are on the left and they have appropriate policy proposals) - but somehow that is not the impression conveyed by the media, not by the supposely lefy intellectual, many of which have drifted right massively (whether for political/geopolitical reasons like Glucksmann and BHL (neocons-leaning), or for economic reasons like Attali and his ilk (neolib-leaning).

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

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Sat Sep 20th, 2008 at 05:57:49 AM EST
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It brings back DoDo's question of whether this (the press' movement to paint the wrong picture) points to a sexism.

Never underestimate their intelligence, always underestimate their knowledge.

Frank Delaney ~ Ireland

by siegestate (siegestate or beyondwarispeace.com) on Sat Sep 20th, 2008 at 07:06:56 AM EST
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Two points :

Who writes the socialists' leaders' texts ? Themselves, or their advisors ? I'm not sure many of those written texts are actually read or cared about. Royal clearly said after the election that she didn't care all that much about the PS platform.

Are those lefty platforms actually defended by the PS leaders ? With all the calls for a Bayrou alliance, it's not all that clear. And it's clear the media - not only the intellectuals or the economists - have stopped to agree relaying any kind of leftish viewpoints on social and economic matters ; even Libé is often very centerish.

Un roi sans divertissement est un homme plein de misères

by linca (antonin POINT lucas AROBASE gmail.com) on Sat Sep 20th, 2008 at 03:19:25 PM EST
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