When the American democracy regains its fire
The primary elections have managed to put the fire back into political debate in the
QUITE A FEW YEARS AGO, in the midst of the postwar world, the dressmaker Pedro Rodríguez explained to his yes-men in a pleasant, private meeting how the high fashion world must react in view of a crisis: when the price of fabric increases and there is uncertainty in the market, he said, the chic woman wants a skirt down to the ankles, and when we can pay for yards and yards of cloth she wants it above the knee.
Judging by Dior’s magnificent fashion show in
It appears to be less orthodox for the economy to go against this elegance, as opposed to reducing the value of the currency by three quarters of a percent, even though it is perhaps not any less efficient. But upon observing John Galliano’s proposal for his 2008 line more carefully, an expert would perhaps dare to recognize the creator’s genius in predicting women’s triumphant entrance into international society’s most chic salons. The fact that women are in is nothing new, but that, for the first time, one could become the president of the
’ EXPERIENCE CLINTONS
Hillary Clinton is a reality. After the embarrassment suffered in Iowa, the Democratic candidate has turned her campaign and the delegates’ intention to vote for her in New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina (Editor’s note: Barack Obama has actually won the primary in South Carolina) around. “Obama’s proposals, without being very different, are being diluted” With these victories she finds herself in the position of being her party’s principal hopeful in the upcoming electoral primaries, against Barack Obama, who some analysts already attempt to paint as the first president of color, even before having defeated the Democratic establishment in which the
Hillary is going to propose a reduction in the number of troops in
IS OBAMA BEING DILUTED?
Obama’s proposals, without being very different, are being diluted with the Senator from
THE REPUBLICANS, SUITLESS
The Republican candidates still do not fit into the presidential suit. None of the leading hopefuls has managed to turn himself into the masculine model that can erase the neo-conservatist image of the party and once again popularize the traditional liberal conservatism of leaders like Reagan, for whom those in the American left long today.
“The only unknown that still needs to be resolved is whether or not Rudolph Giuliani will don the mask of a charismatic leader” For the moment, Mitt Romney’s optimism and executive character are the only comparable referents, although his Mormon affiliation could come to hurt him in a society that harbors many beliefs but keeps a close eye on the line between a religion and a sect. It is precisely Mike Huckabee’s evangelical profile that has allowed him to stand out in
The only unknown that still needs to be resolved is whether Rudolph Giuliani will don the mask of a charismatic leader when the campaign gets to the East Coast or whether he will take it off so as to not sully his image as a bold and combative political leader when it comes to international terrorism for the 2012 campaign.
THE NEED TO RECOVER VALUES
The 2008 elections have already fulfilled their first objective. They have signaled the end of the crisis in the American democracy, which has put the fire back into political debate in the
Without wanting to add more fuel to the fire of uncertainty, the 2008 Political Risks report developed by the multinational AON Corporation indicates that 25 of the top 50 world economies have an elevated risk level, a very troubling figure even when seen through orthodox eyes, such as those of the Spanish Minister of Economy and Finance, Pedro Solbes.
If Hillary Clinton is in charge of leading this global change, history will be carried into the twenty-first century on the arms of women, and this fact could have an impact in societies where discrimination because of one’s sex, gender violence and inequality are the striped prison outfits that hinder the progress of individual freedom. And it could also have an impact in European countries in which it is still more fascinating to watch Sarkozy stroll through the desert with model Carla Bruni than to watch Angela Merkel eloquently pose among 25 ministers in a European Counsel.