Saturday, December 9, 2006

UMP debate summary

The first UMP debate with Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy and Defense Minister Michele Alliot-Marie just ended tonight in Paris. It was kicked off with an introduction by former Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin who hoped that the UMP would show its "true face...of the transparency, that of the tolerance and also, why not, that of the good humor." Apparently everyone was in good spirits, Alliot-Marie thanked Sarkozy for organizing the debates, including of course that their purpose was not to "imitate" the Socialists. She also had words of unity, saying that "We also know how to exchange ideas even if one does not alays do so in front of cameras" and she was convinced "that we will leave the debates stronger than before."

During the course of the evening Sarkozy again took the opportunity to strike at Socialist candidate Segolene Royal for speaking with members of the militant group Hezbollah in Lebanon. "The fact of being elected is not sufficient to discuss. Hitler was elected, and that did not make him a respectable and responsible partner for discussion." One wonders if political campaigns now follow Godwin's Law, which states that "As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches one."

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