Another thing that is kind of amusing about our domestic wingnuts is how they always try to identify the current teahdist run GOP with overseas conservatives. To folks like the Red Stater whose tweet Freddie highlighted, Sarkozy was “the adult” (remember the “Thank goodness the adults are in charge” nonsense after Bush was elected) simply because he was “right wing,” so therefor our intrepid analyst thinks that means he’s just like his GOP right wingers. It’s absurd. No one in Sarkozy’s entire party would win a GOP primary election in any district in America- there is simply no comparison. It was the same way when Cameron won in England, or when the Conservative party in Canada won in 2011- you had morans bleating about conservatism on the rise all over the place. It’s pathetic, really- the need to at every opportunity validate your own beliefs this way, altough one reason that the current wingnuts have a soft spot for Sarkozy is that he promised to fluff Bush at every opportunity.
At any rate, I heard a fascinating piece on PRI the other day that suggested that not only has Sarkozy’s Presidency been a sheer disaster, and not only has he presided over years of economic turmoil with no sign of things getting better, and not only did he come in to power suggesting a new look at the relationship between government benefits and the people and then the crisis proved to people they need the government help more than ever, not only all of that and basically have his policies be empirically tested and fail, but it appears Sarkozy is a bit of a classless jerk. The French refer to him as President Bling Bling, and basically, since day one as President, he’s acted like an unrefined and vulgar nouveau riche jerk. Basically, he’s acted like the people who strike it rich, hit the lottery, or somehow becomes instantly wealthy and then build an obscene eyesore of a mansion in the middle of a historic neighborhood.
You really have to listen to the piece to understand how deeply they feel this way about Sarkozy: