Quick Hits: Here Come the Socialists
by Jen Green
France ousts an incumbent and his outspoken wife and elects a socialist and his leftist policies. You’d think they’d look across the pond at us to see how well that’s worked for us. Also, the latest on Mitt’s Veep Sweepstakes, and maybe Ron Paul is the tortoise in this race.
Bon Voyage, Sarkozy.
The moderately-right French president found out the hard way that his country was not willing to accept “austerity” measures, spending cuts, or tough times to try to get back on steady economic footing. Instead, like most of Europe (and human nature, for that matter), the French wanted something for nothing, the government to take care of them, and nothing to do with the semi-hard line Sarkozy and Germany’s Merkel had drawn.
Instead, with 52% of the vote, Francois Hollande will take over the reins of our ally. He admits he “does not like the rich” and his “enemy is the world of finance.” He has four children with his former “partner” whom he left for a journalist with whom he was having an affair. Maybe he has more in common than just politics with his hero Mitterand.
Barack Obama called Hollande to congratulate him and invite him to the White House. He also promised to “work closely” with him in the upcoming days. No word if he said he promised he would have more leeway to do so once he gets past this silly re-election.
Mitt Romney et. al. is acting as though he has wrapped up the Republican nomination. One problem, though– someone forgot to tell Ron Paul. The Paul campaign has been very open all along about their strategy to sew up delegates in the caucus states. Seems their plan is starting to come to fruition . . . and it’s got the Repub establishment in a tizzy.
And I’m a fan of anything that gets the Repub establishment in a tizzy.
This weekend, Ron Paul won the majority of the delegates in both Maine and Nevada at their Republican state conventions. One journalist describes the strategy this way:
“The Paul folks couldn’t get their people turned out for the caucus,” said veteran Nevada political columnist Jon Ralston. “But they outmaneuvered the Nevada Romney people ever since and dominated the county conventions and this is the inevitable result. The question remains: To what end?”
To what end, indeed. I know I’m looking forward to finding out. I’ve never been more excited for our own state of Iowa Republican convention, which is in June. With the number of Ron Paul supporters who were elected to the state central committee several weeks ago, and how much the Iowa GOP establishment is yelling about it, you might want to have extra popcorn available for the show.
Maybe not the best joke for a Catholic university . . .
Jeb Bush apparently doesn’t want to be either a comic or our vice-president. At a press conference just before speaking at Catholic Ava Maria University this weekend, Jeb took the immediate questions about his potential veep status in stride, ”Wow, no foreplay,” he quipped. “I’m not going to be vice president. I’m an active supporter of Gov. Romney. I humbly suggest he seriously consider Marco Rubio.”
Steve still says it’s Condi. We’ll see.