April 14, 2006
BE A MAN ABOUT IT:
Italy reviews contested ballots (BBC, 4/14/06)
Italian officials are checking more than 80,000 contested ballots not included in the election results that gave Romano Prodi a narrow victory.
Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has refused to admit defeat until the last checks have been made.
But his allies are starting to distance themselves from his claims of fraud.
It's doing democracy no good for folks to contest every close election result.
Posted by Orrin Judd at April 14, 2006 7:03 AM
No Italian had better disparage 2000.
It does no good to allow Leftists to assume that they have the right to steal every close election, either.
Especially when leftist chicanery is why they're suspiciously close in the first place.
Berlusconi's move is purely instrumental and has already reached its goal : making outgoing President Ciampi decide that he will let the nomination of a new prime minister to his successor, who's to be elected around 15 May.
That leaves Prodi, who has no power base of his own inside his shaky coalition, twisting in the wind. It's not impossible that Prodi will not even be the nominee in about a month, but that a real communist will be selected to lead the coalition. That will not be too popular with the Italian electorate, as the short-lived premiership of Massimo D'Alema in 1999-2000 proved.