A look in the national news today (German, not Franconian) is pretty disenchanting. The ongoing Schmiere (farce is much too nice) around the Bundespräsident-wannabie Wulff (Ger., Eng.) is sickening – it reached a state of ridiculousness that slowly but steadily starts to harm the office: The man is just a slouch, who was transported into the office because the Chancellor (Ger., Eng.) thought he’d fit. And he started well, by keeping quiet and acting carefully, seemingly taking the office seriously. But his reactions, when some questions popped up, are simply that terribly not souvereign, so Berlusconi like, that it dawned on all spectators that the man is simply too small for the job. The party honchos keep notably quiet, wonder what to do, there is no coordinated action to help their hero, not even lip service. He is still in office and he will stay there (at least it seems to be so today), simply because the Chancellor can not afford to have another fat problem – it is bad enough, so she has to contain it, and if it means that this sad joking figure stays – so be it.
But the more serious effect is that even more people simply turn away from the already rotten business we call politics here. What we could watch over the last year or so was the ruin of the “new generation” flushed into office as Minister (secretaries) for this and that, Wulff in his early fifties is also young – if I remember it right most of his predecessors were in their (late) sixties when they reached the highest office (Ger., Eng.) in the state. And none of them, seriously none, not even Köhler, failed so openly. Most of them grew with the office, here is nothing to grow: The man is small and he will stay small. In retrospect Köhler, the only one who quit the job, showed even independence and aplomb by drawing consequences from a situation he found not bearable.
Wulff did nothing that could be prosecuted legally or juridically. It would even be tricky to state that he lied openly about some things, he always could excuse himself with having things mixed up or such. Disgusting is the way he reacts: Only conceding facts that can absolutely not be denied anymore. Blabbing about openness and transparence, but shutting up like an oyster when things should be spoken out. Trying to intimidate the leading boulevard newspaper, Bild (Ger., Eng.) – and as it emerges this is not the first time he did such a thing; while still Ministerpräsident of Niedersachsen he pulled the same joke with the Welt (Ger., Eng.). The Bild newspaper is not the holy grail of journalism, really not, it is boulevard, yellow press, maybe like the Sun in England. It is a conservative publication, okay not everybody reads ZEIT (Ger., Eng.) or Süddeutsche (Ger., Eng.). They were really pissed off when Wulff called them shouting and yelling and demanding that they stop an article about him. And after they mentioned this publicly, he denied. The chief editor Diekmann (Ger., Eng.), whether you like the man or not, can not allow to have this going on – Wulff basically called them liars.
To make things finally unbearable, in a tv interview the weakling styled himself as victim – a victim of the press and the coverage. According to the tune: It’s always other people’s fault, not mine.
Here lies what Wulff connects with Guttenberg: Both want the public to see them as victims. They avoid responsibility, give lip service using words like “Offenheit“, “Transparenz“, and most sickening of all: “Ehrlichkeit“, like tools – these words have no more meaning to them. These creatures are despicable.
In other news: As I read here, Bigfoot was shot on 8th of October 2010. Sad enough. If one will be caught it should be potty trained and made President of the world, el Supremo, archetype of every politico everywhere. Maybe there lies the chance to get rid of those slimy egoistic and mediocre Mistkerle we have to bear until the end of the world.