11-22-2011, 11:16 AM
Spaniards Boot Out Socialists
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yet America's march to socialism continues a pace
| Spaniards Boot Out Socialists: Is It Too Late? |
In his victory speech last night, the next prime minister of Spain said: "Don't expect any miracles; I didn't promise any."
That sound you heard if you were in ó or flying over ó Europe on Sunday was five million Spanish voters firmly planting their feet on the Socialist partyís behind. And with it, kicking out the last center-left government still standing on the continent.
To be sure, it didnít come as a surprise; itís exactly what polls were predicting for months. Although there was a slightly lower turnout than expected, the conservative Popular Party, led by Mariano Rajoy, was granted a comfortable absolute majority with 186 seats in the lower chamber. This is the biggest victory ever for the PP, even larger than in 2000, when Jose Maria Aznar was leading the party. And with just 110 seatsā 59 less than in 2008, the Socialist party suffered its biggest defeat since the restoration of democracy after Francoís death in 1975. Itís their Titanic moment.
(To avoid complicating this analysis needlessly, we will focus on the lower chamber, called the Congress of Deputies; because of how Spainís legislative process works, the Senate is a chamber of second reading. All bills originate in and get final approval in the Congress, which means itís there where the beef is cut.)
Spanish voters decided they had had enough of youthful idealism and traded it for a more seasoned, though not particularly charismatic, leader who is perceived as more competent with the economy. After all, the PP has the experience to prove it: it led the country to an economic boom in 1996-2004 during Aznarís tenure, in which Rajoy held several cabinet positions, including deputy prime minister. At 56, Rajoy will become the oldest prime minister ever elected since the transition.
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