Pro-capitalism shocker: France ain't dead yet
I am still reeling from the news (via Instapundit) that a majority of the good citizens of France have turned out in record numbers at the polls to say "Non" to a Socialist candidate in their latest election and have instead elected a new President who believes in capitalism and understands economics (via Drudge Report). Nicolas Sarkozy will now succeed Jacques Chirac and has promised "an economic revolution"--calling for the end of "the nanny state," a loosening of the grip of political correctness, lower taxes, a diminishment of the power of the nasty French unions, and the breaking of the mandated sanctity of the vaunted French 35-hour week so that those who want to "work more to earn more" may do so.
Mon Dieu! Now, there's a fresh breeze blowing through a stale land (with over 8% unemployment)! A breeze I imagine our own Democratic lawmakers can feel blowing on their tails, as evidence of the common man and woman getting wiser all the time to the ways of the world and the wiles of the socialists. I congratulate the French on their victory. Welcome back to a seat in the theater of freedom, progress, and economic common sense--if you can keep it.
M. Sarkozy also claimed in his victory speech that America can count on France as a friend and ally. I sincerely hope that may turn out to be true. I am sure he must speak for some French people who do feel that way. I know Chirac did not speak for all French people (and I wonder if now that he is out of office and no longer immune from prosecution, he will finally be investigated for his own and his administration's roles in the U.N.-Iraq Food for Oil scandals).
Meanwhile, No Parasan has been closely following the election and the violent tantrums being thrown by "French Youths" (i.e. fascist losers).
As a cautionary aside, Hillary would be wise to take the Socialist Madame Royal's defeat to heart:
I especially like that word, "shambolic."
Her campaign was shambolic. There were many last-minute agenda changes and she often arrived late. Socialist staff moaned about her personalised leadership style. An opinion poll found that 63 per cent of voters thought her campaign was poor.
She never seemed able to escape from her party’s rigid ideological barriers. Every time she tried, for instance by suggesting military camps for young offenders, it provoked a volley of criticism from the party apparat.
Moderates attracted to her early campaign were disappointed by her manifesto, filled with generous spending pledges and little indication of how to fund them.
Party disunity exploded into public view when Eric Besson, her economic adviser, quit saying she was “dangerous for France” and joined the Sarkozy campaign.
François Bayrou, the centrist who came third in the first round, cited her economic policies as his reason for not endorsing Ms Royal. “Her manifesto, multiplying the interventions of the state, perpetuating the illusion that the state must take care of everything… runs in the opposite direction to the orientation needed,” he said.
UPDATE: Roger Simon says "the biggest loser in the Sarkozy blowout is the media."