PARIS (AP) – Nicolas Sarkozy won the women’s vote and fared well among blue-collar workers, even though his rival for the French presidency was a woman and a Socialist.
It was one of the surprising subplots in Sarkozy’s resounding election victory over Segolene Royal – and shows his vision of pro-market reforms and scaling back immigration appeals to a wide audience.
Sarkozy’s ability to attract votes from a broad spectrum of the public is an early indication he may be able to overcome his image as a polarizing force and achieve crucial popular support for pushing through his ambitious program of overhauling France’s welfare system.
Official figures showed Sarkozy won France’s one-time industrial heartland in the north, which French media said had not voted for a rightist presidential candidate since Charles de Gaulle in 1965.
Sarkozy even tallied nearly 44 percent of the vote in the Seine-Saint-Denis region north of Paris, where a wave of rioting erupted in late 2005 while he was interior minister and infuriated many there by calling troublemakers “scum.”
I think Hillary is toast. She’ll either open her yap the wrong way and it’ll explode all over right-wing radio or everyone who’s nursing a grudge over The Imus Affair will remember what her kind are really like and rally against her.
France is a bellwether. Watch and see.
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Nope. I’m Still Not Done With The Imus Thing Yet.
No. I’m Not Done With This Imus Matter Yet.
No, It’s Not Over Yet. At Least Not In This Blog.
OK, Now What About The Happy-Headed Nos?
First Apologize For Being A Gutless Eejit, Then…
Oh For Christ’s Sake! Shut Up Already!
Civility, Decency, And Democracy? You Don’t Know The Meaning Of Those Words!
Goddammit! Knock It The Fuck Off Already!
When You Let Loose The Dogs Of War, Don’t Fucking Cry When They Turn On You And Bite Your Smug-Ass Face Off
You Make Me Want To Fucking Scream. Endlessly.
Writer Tom Disch Catches On To The Political Scam That’s Been Going On For Over Twenty Years
Ralph Nader Has A New Book
Our President’s An Ass, But I’d Defend Him Against This!
Le Pen Continues That Great Post-Modern French Tradition Of Stark Cowardice (While Balzac, Baudelaire, Dumas, Hugo, Nerval, And Zola Spin In Their Graves)
Reference: U.S. Presidential Campaign
Ralph Nader In New York City
And I’ll Vote For Him In 2008 Too, Dammit!
Political Change? Prove it!