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a couple of weeks ago, we had an SPD honcho there who came to congradulate Ralph Lenkert, our direct candidate to the Bundestag from here in Jena.  People out on smoke break were saying this was a big deal that he would come and celebrate with Die Linke and they saw it as significant.

We also have one of our own honchos married to one of theirs.  I did notice some jokes about this a a couple of strange socio-political factions within our own Linke group here.  My own newcomer understanding of what was going is fuzzy still, but I noticed some strange political stuff on the personal clique level.

My political maturity is still very naive, I'm still at the level of trying to figure out, for instance with that chart above, parliamentary multi-party mathematics.  It would seem to with such large percentages over the SPD why Die Linke can't simply tell them to sit down and shut up as the grown-ups are in charge.  I know there's a reason, but I still do not understand the mathematics of parliamentary majorities/minorities/coalitions and power-sharing arrangements

"Schiller sprach zu Goethe, Steck in dem Arsch die Flöte! Goethe sagte zu Schiller, Mein Arsch ist kein Triller!"

by Jeffersonian Democrat (rzg6f@virginia.edu) on Sat Oct 10th, 2009 at 12:25:52 PM EST

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