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February 04, 2010

The irony of drawing historical parallels

I'm not going to give the link/source up front...you'll have to wait a bit for that. So read this little snip first.

...The election, though, proved to be Poujadeís swan song. He had demanded the nationís ear, but once he and his fellow deputies had it, they had nothing substantive to say. Slogans and placards were poor preparation for governance, and the groupís rank and file soon either retreated from the political arena or joined the traditional right.

By 1958, most Poujadists were ready to throw their support behind a far more impressive opponent of the Fourth Republic, Charles de Gaulle. When de Gaulle assumed power and held a referendum that replaced the parliamentary system with an authoritarian executive, Poujadeís former adherents overwhelmingly voted yes. As for Poujade himself, he had already become a footnote to French history...

Who do you suppose this supposed "historian" is trying to draw parallels to here? The answer of course is those vile ignorant Teabaggers. The real irony here is that the parallels to the Obama ascendancy and the 52%'ers seem a lot sturdier.
The NYT -- "where no poultry is safe"


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