Two years ago, I gave you this bit of predictive wisdom:
How much of a nudge does France need to make FN a major player? What happens if they gain a majority in the assembly? I'm afraid we may find out before too long.
And now this:
One is a pragmatist: a 47-year-old lawyer by training who has steered France's far-right National Front (FN) from pariah status to mainstream.
In the Nord-Pas-de-Calais, a rustbelt bastion of the Socialists who rule at national level, opinion-poll estimates gave Le Pen more than 40 percent of the first-round vote.
This is absolutely astonishing. This is akin to Donald Trump winning in Illinois. If she does steamroll to victory as predicted France may see the biggest whipsaw to the right since Rene Coty in the '50's.
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Victory in the second round on December 13 would give her a springboard for her bid to be president in 2017.
Therein lies the parallel with the Tea Party again. The GOP was out in the wilderness for a while and they now have a young (and arguably) deep bench where as the ossified incumbent party is frozen in old platitudes. This could get interesting.Posted by Duffy at December 7, 2015 02:07 PM | TrackBack