The Medium is the Massage
Most Americans will recognize the phrase “No. 2 tries harder” as the advertising blah -blah of that countries second most popular rental car company.
The Queen To Be Dethroned
It could also be an apt mantra for Segolene Royale, failed French presidental candidate in the 2007 elections. In that campaign there was, for the first time in french politics, a genuine “a-ha” moment. The seemingly real possibility that (to paraphrase Popeye) “a woman of the opposite sex” might smash the political “glass ceiling.”
Alas, tho’ no. 2 did try harder, the power of the Sarko bulldozer was unstoppable. Undaunted(or if daunted, faking it well) Segolene kept on keeping on. Even after Martine Aubry was elected to replace Segolene as First Secretary of the Parti Socialist.
Return Of The Queen To Be
And now, to no one’s suprise, “No. 2 is back.” The big question is: WHY?(other than hubris, bien sur) Although his popularity(that infaillable indicator of accomplishment) is in the toilet, Sarko and his bulldozer have lost none of their power. They scooped Segolene off the road last time. What makes her think second time will be the charm?
The Road To The Palace
Is there enough genuine dissatisfaction(ie – the “I’ll vote against” kind) to ensure Ms. Royale becomes politically Royal?
Don’t include her out. But remember, last time, although, granted, there were other candidates, it was basically a two horse race. Segolene and Sarko . Now wake up and smell today’s coffee.
Segolene will also be up against:
1. Martine Aubry, from her own party.
2.(potentially)Francois Holland. Her ex-husband. Also from her own party.
3. Nicolas Hulot. Profiled earlier HERE.
4. Marine LePen. Profiled earlier HERE.
The Plus Side:
Like Nicolas Hulot, Segolene is a Nationally known name/face. Regardless of whether or not her politics rock your boat. To paraphrase my father’s advice about money – “Popularity isn’t everything. But it’s not nothing either.”
For obvious reasons, Segolene should capture the majority of the female vote.
And, hey – if she believes in miracles – and can transmit that belief to the masses – Sarko had better start packing.
Getting a better grasp on all this now?
THROW ME A BONE HERE, PEOPLE!
What are ya thinkin’?