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European Tribune - François Hollande, Dead Man Walking
Recent reports have Jean-Christophe Cambadélis, the current leader of the Parti Socialiste, under pressure from François Hollande to not hold the primary, and indeed Mr Cambadélis is publicly expressing the possibility that an exceptional PS convention be held to rescind the bylaw concerning the primary.  

Well, this morning, Cambadélis announced that the Primary election will be held in January 2017, after all. It will be open to the PS and its allies (so, excluding the Communists, Greens or Melenchon's Parti de Gauche). And yes, it is "compatible with Hollande's schedule". Is it an implicit acknowledgement of the weakening position of Hollande within the PS, or an attempt to double cross any potential rivals? The sorry show goes on...

(That sound you hear are the knives being sharpened within the PS)

by Bernard on Sat Jun 18th, 2016 at 02:09:20 PM EST
Hollande would be the sorriest excuse for a Caesar ever! As a candidate he is worse than Dukakis. Can the PS even produce a credible Brutis, et al?

As the Dutch said while fighting the Spanish: "It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere." (But it helps!)
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat Jun 18th, 2016 at 03:01:13 PM EST
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Yes, Prime Minister Manuel Valls, who's on the right of Hollande. Other historical leaders in the PS ("Elephants" in the PS lingo) have been marginalized or left the PS altogether.
by Bernard on Sun Jun 19th, 2016 at 04:15:21 AM EST
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Sounds like the PS is in worse shape than even the neo-liberal infested US Democratic Party. Very sad.

As the Dutch said while fighting the Spanish: "It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere." (But it helps!)
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sun Jun 19th, 2016 at 08:42:46 AM EST
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Vallis is appropriate from another standpoint. Any credible Brutus has to be to the right of Caesar.

As the Dutch said while fighting the Spanish: "It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere." (But it helps!)
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sun Jun 19th, 2016 at 08:47:14 AM EST
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in which one can always find at least a devil or two.

I note the continuing usage of the divisive, even Bush-like term "loyal," as employed to indicate which one the left will putatively be qualified to run - "reformist and loyal" PS, "ecologists" but only those who have remained "loyal" to this massively unpopular government (de Rugy et al) and the Radicaux de Gauche who are, as you know, to the right, generally speaking, to the PS.

Sure a few so-called "frondeurs" will present, but they will almost certainly be marginalised in the way the primary will be constructed, and indeed Montebourg has laready indicated that if the primary is not properly open, he will run outside of it. And of course, the most popular lefty in the political environment is not going to particpate either, and in fact his current has been explictly excluded, as have the PCF (at this point, who cares, though Chassaigne is a decent potential candidate, good speaker) and the remnants of the actual ecologists (and not the butt boys who have gone over to the ridiculously named "belle alliance populaire," which might be the most unpopular popular movement ever seen.

The whole thing stinks of typical Hollande/Cambadélis court intrigue, a way to get the PS to spend November through January to talk about anything but its own miserable record, and the outcome could very well be the re-coronation of the most unpopular President in the history of the republic.

But yeah, they have announced a primary. I confess surprise, though as I said, I doubt it will be a real primary of the left. The PS machine will ensure a Sanders type be marginalized....

by John Redmond (Ladybeaterz@NolesAD.com) on Mon Jun 20th, 2016 at 05:26:30 AM EST
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