Sunday, May 05, 2002

Chirac 82-Le Pen 18 The stay-at-homes came out to vote for Chriac, as Le Pen got but an extra percent from his first-round total. The left had the common sence to "vote for the crook, not the fascist." We can stop the hand-wringing about Le Pen and look at the elections for the legislature next month. Le Pen got into the second round via a fractured left. People may feel freer to vote FN (Le Pen's party) in the legislative elections since they won't be voting for the one guy who'll be running the country. The big question in my mind is whether the left can unite sufficiently to avoid having the FN sneak into second in a lot of districts.

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