The People’s Primary Achieves the Disunity It Was Meant to Avoid
The results of the People’s Primary were announced yesterday on a platform full of young activists, none of whom seemed to be more than 30 years old: “Never trust anyone over 30,” as we used to say, when we were in our 20s. Inevitably, however, the young grow old, enthusiasm wanes, and the reality of long, slow boring of hard, dry boards sets in. Perhaps the results of the primary will quench some of the youthful enthusiasm of its organizers.
Those results put Anne Hidalgo, the official candidate of the Socialist Party, in fifth place, behind Pierre Larrouturou, the New Deal candidate who staged a hunger strike to persuade his rivals to join the contest. This ultimate humiliation could well be the final nail in the coffin of the PS, although Hidalgo has now been assured of the support of Martine Aubry and most of the team around former candidate Arnaud Montebourg–cold comfort, no doubt, for her score of Assez Bien- (compared with the Assez Bien+ awarded to Taubira and Mélenchon)–as if politics were a continuation of report cards by other means.
In short, Taubira, the winner, has cemented her position as this year’s spoiler on the left, whose role will have been to ensure that the PS does not make the 5-percent cutoff for receiving the funds necessary to ensure the party’s future. To the young organizers of the People’s Primary, this old man awards a cynical Satisfecit.