The following look at Sunday’s regional elections in Germany was posted at Politically Incorrect and translated by JLH. Because it’s somewhat insider baseball, the translator has included detailed footnotes explaining the politicians and media people described in the article. You can’t tell the players without a scorecard!
They Didn’t Understand
by An Inmate of Diversity Land
The political earthquake of the provincial elections was only a few hours past when the most important questions that could be asked beforehand were answered. No, they didn’t get the point! No, they will not listen to the voters! And yes, they will keep on with the insanity! Anyone who had thought that the SPD could not make a result of just over 10% look good, and that the Union could not try to sell its seismic losses as a success, learned their lesson. They could.
On Maybrit Ilner’s [TV talk] show, the chair of the SPD contingent in the Bundestag, Thomas Oppermann, made the start. Despite double digit losses in Baden-Württemberg and Saxony-Anhalt, which degraded the erstwhile major party to the fourth power, he spoke of a “mixed” result, in which happiness at the success in Rhineland-Palatinate was decidedly more important. That the (success) had had more to do with the personality of Malu Dreyer than with the SPD was of as little interest to him as the fact that the historically poor showing in Baden-Württemberg in 2011 had been almost halved, and that the AfD can now beat the SPD in the West. Peter Tauber, too, who can rightly be labeled the most incompetent general secretary in the history of the Union, was not impressed by trifles like his party’s losses in all states or its abasement in its heartland, Baden-Württemberg. No, the Union had demonstrated that it was a major party. Period.
A full alert is called for, when even the inanities of a Katrin Göring-Eckardt no longer stand out, but fit right in. The woman who has often given the impression that she did not exactly shine in her school years and that she has learned nothing since then, opined that 80% of voters had voted for the chancellor’s refugee policy. Aside from the remarkable circumstance that a Green feels obligated to a CDU chancellor, we really don’t want to know any more about how she reached this conclusion. The Greenie school dropout also had a solution for the public voting barometer showing that a majority of Germans have had a bellyful of asylum fakers, crimigrants and Islam in general: visa-free travel for 70 million Turks, so they can take a good look at democracy in Germany. No, in this cycle, no one except the editor-in-chief of the Zeit, Giovanni di Lorenzo, has any idea of what the voters have presented them with.
That seemed to be the ultimate, but it was topped on the show of Ilner’s colleague, Anne Will. Ursula von der Leyen, who had already managed to make the German armed forces the laughingstock of the world, chalked up an even bigger achievement this evening. She made Göring-Eckardt look like a pragmatist. Applauding the Union in all states during the tsunami success of the AfD, she estimated the approval of the chancellor’s planned course at 90%, and doubled down on this idiocy with the lunatic proposition that the electoral successes of Malu Dreyer (SPD) in the Rhineland-Palatinate and Winfried Kretschmann (Greens) in Baden-Württemberg were attributable to Angela Merkel’s policies. Incredible!
Ralf Stegner too, who brought his customary good humor into the session, was unwilling to see the election as a defeat for the SPD. Even after repeated probes by an unusually caustic Anne Will (unaccustomed against a non-AfD politician), he saw no SPD responsibility for the defeats or for the demotion to the status of a splinter party. It was the “mad-as-hell citizen” who was responsible, and there was no way to have any sympathy for him. No point in asking now if this attitude may be what led to this electoral result. The question will not come from Ralf the Omniscient, who cannot grasp that he is to a great extent perceived as a political and personal cipher. Voters, he added, are not the ones who need sympathy, but people who are fleeing bombs. Stegner will never in his life comprehend that most of the illegal immigrants have seen just as few bombs as he has at home in Schleswig-Holstein.
No, with the Ilner and Will shows, it became clear that the CDU, SPD and Greens increasingly see themselves as a unit, pushing all disagreements aside in their anxiety for their sinecures and positions, unwilling to concede even a piece of cake to the “grubby neighbor kids”. In this parallel dimension, there is no recognition that such wheeling and dealing is a main reason for the punishment meted out by the voters. AfD vice chair Beatrix von Storch — who didn’t even try too stifle her laughter at the purveyors of unreality surrounding her — called this the “arrogance of power” that the voters had punished, and therewith she gave the evening its meaning.
And no, nobody here got it, either. Everybody showed what they thought of the voters: an insignificant mob who should not presume to question the distribution of the goodies that are set out for them; whose opinion at best is worthy of being spat upon by the mighty.
Since this attitude could not have escaped the voters’ notice on election night, the next regional elections are reasonably certain to repeat, if not increase, the seismic activity. The portion of AfD voters who, in protest, put their mark next to a party they did not completely agree with — who wanted to wake someone up, who just finally wanted to be heard — had to recognize that all this did not happen. No one in the established parties is interested in them anymore. They are in fact scolded for exercising their right to vote because they voted wrong. The frustration will rise, along with the rage and impotence. The result will be that the AfD will establish itself as what the SPD gave up yesterday — as a major party.
The arrogance of power was punished. But they didn’t get it!
|1.||Germany is divided into 16 Länder — approximately equivalent to U. S. states. In the list below, each is listed with its capital. The three listed alone are large cities that are also states unto themselves. (Cf. for instance “The city and county of Los Angeles”) The Landtagswahlen are elections to the “state” legislatures”. A party which enters into one of these legislatures has passed a very significant hurdle.
|2.||Social Democratic Party of Germany — major party to the ruling coalition.|
|3.||CDU Christian Democratic Union and CSU Christian Socialist Union (Bavaria) — senior party in the ruling coalition.|
|4.||Popular first female governor (Ministerpräsidentin) of Rhineland-Palatinate.|
|5.||Co-chair in the Bundestag of the Alliance 90/The Greens.|
|6.||CDU, Minister of Defense.|
|7.||“Realo” — One of two schools of thought within the 90/Green movement: the Realos — believers in Realpolitik — and Fundis, who stuck by the fundamentals of “green” philosophy. Göring-Eckardt was known as a Fundi; Joschka Fischer is an example of a Realo.|
|8.||Leader in various positions with the SPD.