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The reign in Spain...

... comes to an end for the Socialists:

Spain's ruling Socialists reeled on Monday from stinging losses in local elections and now have to balance voter anger over high unemployment and investor demands for austerity measures.

A week of protests by Spaniards fed up with the stagnant economy and the EU's highest jobless rate preceded Sunday's elections, which left the Socialists out of power in most of the country's cities and almost all of its 17 autonomous regions.

Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero on Sunday night conceded the Socialists (PSOE) had lost heavily but said he planned to stay on to the end of his term in March next year.

The centre-right opposition Popular Party (PP) has called for the Socialists to resign several times in recent months, but leader Mariano Rajoy did not call for early elections at a victory rally on Sunday night.

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The Socialists meanwhile have to choose a successor to Zapatero, who has said he will not run for a third term. Deputy Prime Minister Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba and Defence Minister Carme Chacon are both contenders.

Analysts say Zapatero's staying on could give the economy more time to pick up and boost the Socialists' chances to win again or at least to limit PP gains.

"They're waiting for the rain to stop. If the economy improves in the third quarter and unemployment also improves, they can say it's because of their economic reforms," said Antonio Barroso, analyst with Eurasiagroup consulting firm, who also sees Zapatero remaining in office until March.

Yet another failed Socialist experiment in Europe.  Might we have ears to hear here.


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The Spanish socialist have ... (Below threshold)
superdestroyer:

The Spanish socialist have finally run out of other people's money and are stuck politically. Liberal parties are united by the desire for more government money. When the money runs out, there is little reason for liberal political parties to exist.

"austerity measures"<... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

"austerity measures"

I like that. The media here will never let that fly. They'll substitute "Republican proposals to kill children while poisoning the environment."

Totalitarians always run ou... (Below threshold)

Totalitarians always run out of others' money - just as has our feral gummint. With God's Good Grace and our ability to turn back the ferals' un-Constitutional and un-and-anti-American "police" forces, our beloved fraternal republic is unique among nations in our ability to remove authority and control from those trusted servants that are not to be trusted and to rebuild.

But we'd better get cracking as one more term for the mobbed-up Mussolini-modeled modified Marxist murtadd Muslim and his malevolent mob and we are doomed -- as is the very Judeo-Christian/Western/Human Civilization that any longer even exists, only because we will it so.!

"Yet another failed Sociali... (Below threshold)
Tom Blogcial:

"Yet another failed Socialist experiment in Europe. Might we have ears to hear here."

Haha! Good luck with that. We have who we have as President and it looks like nobody to turn it around in the Republican ranks.

"Yet another failed Sociali... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

"Yet another failed Socialist experiment in Europe. Might we have ears to hear here."

No, because they'll come right back with "Oh, WE will get IT RIGHT, this time!"

So how's that 'green economy' working out for them?

Not surprising. We've seen... (Below threshold)
Caesar Augustus:

Not surprising. We've seen similar dynamics at play here in the USA, after leftist policies have run their inevitable disastrous courses. Carter-Reagan and Pelosi-Boehner are obvious recent examples.

The major differences, however, are that in Europe they have multiple parties that are overt about their intentions, whereas in the USA we have only two parties, one of them conceals from the public at large its intentions and 95% of a major and specific demographic group automatically votes for that stealth socialist party.

The Popular Party in Spain,... (Below threshold)
Chico:

The Popular Party in Spain, like most European "center-right" parties like the Conservatives in the UK and the CDU in Germany, would be considered a socialist party in the USA, as they all support a national health system.

I remember how the PP lost power in 2004 - they lied about the 3/11 Madrid bombings to the Spanish people, blaming it on the Basques, when it was obviously the work of Islamic extremists retaliating for the PP government's deeply unpopular involvement in the Iraq adventure.

"A week of protests by Span... (Below threshold)
retired military:

"A week of protests by Spaniards fed up with the stagnant economy and the EU's highest jobless rate preceded Sunday's elections, which left the Socialists out of power in most of the country's cities and almost all of its 17 autonomous regions"

Sounds like the US in Nov 2012

Barry is hopelessly Europea... (Below threshold)
914:

Barry is hopelessly European in manner and education.

Come on 2012

"one of them conceals from... (Below threshold)
914:

"one of them conceals from the public at large its intentions and 95% of a major and specific demographic group automatically votes for that stealth socialist party."


What a stuck on stupid statistic! Just like 95.87% of Affro's vote dummycrat here.

Barry is hopelessly Europea... (Below threshold)
TexBob:

Barry is hopelessly European Socialist in manner and education.

Fixed it for ya.

Anyone other than a sociali... (Below threshold)
Highlander:

Anyone other than a socialist would have resigned his position and called for elections. Political power has to be pried from a socialist one fingernail at a time.

With much pain, I've got to... (Below threshold)
boqueronman:

With much pain, I've got to back Chico on his observation concerning "conservative" or "right wing" politics in Europe. The European public, as opposed to the U.S., is fundamentally center-left. They have, let's face it, been subservient to rule of the aristocracy (landed, industrial, ideological, or academic) since Roman times. Those who were not down with that idea wound up in the U.S., and Australia. The non-social democrat or socialist parties on the right serve mostly as occasional detours when the dominant left party just goes too far. There is no history since the end of WWII of long lasting conservative dominance. This left-leaning culture can best be observed by taking a close look at the protest demonstrations of Spanish youth. They are not asking for less government spending and more freedom for private sector growth. No siree. They just think the Spanish socialist government has not been socialist enough! They are NOT TEA Partiers! And then there is the interference from the EUrocrats in Brussels... but that's another story.

chico: "I remember how the ... (Below threshold)
Drago:

chico: "I remember how the PP lost power in 2004 - they lied about the 3/11 Madrid bombings to the Spanish people, blaming it on the Basques, when it was obviously the work of Islamic extremists retaliating for the PP government's deeply unpopular involvement in the Iraq adventure."

"......Islamic extremists retaliating for the PP government's deeply unpopular involvement in the Iraq adventure."

LOL

It's always amusing how the left ALWAYS finds some excuse why the islamist murderers are always just retaliating against something the evil westerners are doing.

Hey, you can have peace with these 7th century death cultists.

All you have to do is surrender.

And accept slavery.

Then you will have peace with them.

"The Popular Party in Sp... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

"The Popular Party in Spain, like most European "center-right" parties like the Conservatives in the UK and the CDU in Germany, would be considered a socialist party in the USA, as they all support a national health system."

That is a throw away statement. Here in the US national healthcare is considered a socialist program, but it takes more than that to be considered a socialist party.

"I remember how the PP lost power in 2004 - they lied about the 3/11 Madrid bombings to the Spanish people, blaming it on the Basques, when it was obviously the work of Islamic extremists retaliating for the PP government's deeply unpopular involvement in the Iraq adventure."

They lost because of the 3/11 bombings, but not for blaming it on the Basques, or rather ETA - who had a rather long history of killing. There was a lot of finger pointing in both directions, and not all of it true.

I find that odd about a sys... (Below threshold)
Ryan M.:

I find that odd about a system when the ruling party gets to decide if there are new elections.

If I were designing a parliamentary system like that I would think that the question "Should the current government be dissolved and new elections held" Should be a yearly question on a ballot or somesuch.

I find that odd about a sys... (Below threshold)
Ryan M.:

I find that odd about a system when the ruling party gets to decide if there are new elections.

If I were designing a parliamentary system like that I would think that the question "Should the current government be dissolved and new elections held" Should be a yearly question on a ballot or somesuch.

I would like to solicit the... (Below threshold)
Alex:

I would like to solicit the opinions of the commentariat at the now heightened prospect of Marine Le Pen becoming president of France in light of the recent Dominique Strauss-Kahn scandal. Of course I assume that Wiz Bang's good natured commentators wish nothing less than life for the French and that the latter not be dispossessed unto extinction in what is their native land as the former are not psychopaths.




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