And The Entire Right Wing of the Blogosphere Gets Whiplash

The honeymoon is over as the wingers have to hate the French again.

Nicolas Sarkozy, the right-wing reformer who becomes French President on Wednesday, upset both the United States and his opponents yesterday by offering the job of Foreign Minister to a Socialist veteran with anti-American credentials.

Hubert Védrine, 59 — a former senior aide to the late President Mitterrand — who served as Foreign Minister from 1997 to 2002, was considering the proposal yesterday.

The prospect of Mr Védrine running foreign policy has infuriated the beleaguered Socialists and amazed the diplomatic world because he is the architect of a doctrine for containing what he called the abusive “steamroller” of American power. His views on “the hyperpower” — the term that he coined in the 1990s — would appear to conflict with Mr Sarkozy’s pro-Atlantic views.

7 thoughts on “And The Entire Right Wing of the Blogosphere Gets Whiplash

  1. sdh says:

    Védrine is an amazingly intelligent choice, having been correct about the situation in the Middle East and the war on terror from the very get-go. Should Védrine accept the post, I think the signal Sarkozy wants to convey is a willingness to think ‘outside the box’ in the pursuit of French and European aims.
    Regarding right-wing whiplash… there’s an old joke I heard in England:

    Where do you go when you want to get away from the world?
    America.

  2. Robin Day says:

    Isn’t it a parliamentary system? Which means that Sarkoszy has to build a coalition government based upon the votes that each party got in the general election. So why are so many surprised that he offers a job to a socialist?

  3. Thor Heyerdahl says:

    As seen over at Rising Hegemon:
    “Some people just don’t quite understand the difference between ‘conservative’ and ‘Bush ass kisser’.”

  4. pansypoo says:

    i have a danish friend who called it american blah.
    i embrace my french blood!

  5. gene214 says:

    HAHAHAHAHAHA! Reichwingnuts get it wrong again! (As if we should be surprised at this point). Demonstrating how pathetically little they know or comprehend European politics, the reichwingers in this country (aided, of course, by their enablers in the so called “liberal media), were wetting themselves with joy when they heard that Sarkozy – a conservative – was elected. Little did they realize, however, that a Conservative in European politics (and French politics specifically) is a completely different political animal than those here in America. Reichwingers were so sure they were getting another Blair or Howard or Berlusconi. Well, wrong again, guys and gals! So just eat your Freedom Fries and shut the fuck up!

  6. pansypoo says:

    there was a republikkkan LTTE rejoicing in this new CONSERVATIVE french leader. i guess she hdan’t seen he wasn’t pro iWaq yet.

  7. merlallen says:

    it must suck to be a wingnut. you never know who you’re supposed to hate until limpballs or another major winger tells you.

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