As expected, early results in Italy indicate significant gains for populist forces and the defeat of the mainstream parties, to the distress of the usual suspects.
The grotesquely blatant bias of The New York Times was typically present in its coverage, as the paper’s Jason Horowitz, who in his latest piece, In Italy Election, Anti-E.U. Views Pay Off for Far Right and Populists, seemed about to burst into tears, lamented:
Italians registered their dismay with the European political establishment on Sunday, handing a majority of votes in a national election to hard-right and populist forces that ran a campaign fueled by anti-immigrant anger.
The election, the first in five years, was widely seen as a bellwether of the strength of populists on the continent and how far they might advance into the mainstream. The answer was far, very far.
Horowitz goes on to tell us:
After Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany and President Emmanuel Macron of France beat back populist and far-right insurgencies in the past year, Europe had seemed to be enjoying a reprieve from the forces threatening its unity and values.
That turned out to be short lived.
As for the main party of the center-left, we are told:
The Democratic Party suffered its poorest showing ever in national elections, continuing a Europe-wide collapse of the left…
(Couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch, by the way.)
That Mr. Horowitz and The Times are the judges of European “unity and values” seems rather implausible, especially as the Europeans themselves increasing turn to national-populist alternatives, but, as usual, I guess that the continent’s deplorables just don’t count.