Win Some, Lose Some

NRO’s Corner reports that Chirac’s victory
still doesn’t mean that the French Left are out of the woods yet
. With the confidence
in the Left declining, the Le Pen fiasco is just one symptom of a larger problem
for the European Left. Their attempts at social engineering, their inability to deal
with the problems of their respective countries, and their elitism has led to a major
crisis of confidence in many European governments. Unfortunately the far right
has taken the vacuum rather than more center-right parties. (With the notable
exception of Silvio Burlesconi’s Forza Italia.) Perhaps the loss of Le Pen
will bring about a renewal of center-right parties who can deliver the needed
Thatcheresque reforms before Europe collapses under the weight of the
welfare state.