September 12, 2010

THE IRONY IS THAT IT IS BECAUSE SWEDEN SEEMED SO PERMANENTLY AND DETERMINEDLY SECOND WAY...:

Swedish vote could end love story with left (KARL RITTER, 09/12/2010, AP)

Most recent polls suggest Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, 45, can capitalize on the Swedish economy’s strong revival after the global slump to pull off what no center-right leader has done before: winning re-election after serving a full term.

Meanwhile, the Social Democrats have not enjoyed their habitual rebound after a 35-percent showing in the previous election four years ago, their worst result since universal suffrage was adopted in 1919. Only a last-hour surge can avert an even lower result next Sunday, and for the first time the Social Democrats have had to join up with environmentalists and former communists in a Red-Green alliance to have any chance of regaining power.

“I think we have shown, and we have won the confidence among the Swedish people, that we are able to govern,” Reinfeldt told foreign reporters on Sept. 7.

Boosting his case are statistics showing Sweden’s economy is one of Europe’s strongest — it’s expected to grow by more than 4 percent this year — while the 2010 budget deficit is on track to be the smallest in the 27-nation EU. His program of trimming taxes in a nation long accustomed to some of the highest tax rates in the world appears to have caught on with the public.


...that it has produced the first permanently and determinedly Third Way party. The US was somewhat unfortunate in that the first conservative leader when our political tectonics shifted back to the Right was the rhetorically First Way -- though governmentally a New Dealer -- Ronald Reagan. This fooled the Right into thinking a return to the First Way was plausible.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 12, 2010 8:53 AM
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