Dominique Strauss Kahn is not alone in facing accusations and investigations about his sexual affairs and attitudes. Silvio Berlusconi's trial is advancing steadily in Milan and is reported daily in the media.
For those with their Devoto-Oli to hand the recordings and transcripts of telephone conversations between 'Papi' (Berlusconi, not the Libyan Papi, he's dead) and the Olgettine, and among the Olgettine themselves (the collective noun refers to the block of flats in Milan in which the papi-girls were housed) can be wondered at here (from La Repubblica).
The wonder exists, too, in the way in which while Berlusconi's Party fell with him on the growing public awareness of his sexual mores, Hollande's Party has pretended that the sexual mores of their disgraced champion were unknown to Party apparatchiks, to political elites and insiders, to knowledgeable observers in the media. And there is no moral or ethical fault admitted among the Left in France for permitting such people to lead them. But DSK was their leader, their hero, their man.
And they knew. And they pretend they didn't.
At least the Italians have put Berlusconi's Party out of office and out for the count. In France there is the unedifying spectacle of the entire centre left in denial about who and what they were willing to have stand for them until they couldn't hide it from the electorate. Then they ditched the man. But his Party remains as disgraced as ever for their association with, their acceptance, their lionising, of him.
No voter in France should accept any claim by Hollande's Party to hold high office - not even holding their noses.
Certainly no woman should be voting for their own betrayal, their own degradation.
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