Return the Gift*

Arthur Goldhammer notes that the Botul affair has done no damage to BHL's mutual-admiration consortium, to judge from (not-really-socialist) Socialist Party candidate Ségolène Royal's recent bit of logrolling:

Her paean in Le Monde is not to be missed. The strength of her piece derives from her absolute identification with her subject: like him, she is soi-disant persecuted and oppressed, and like him she was blessed with the favors of that eminently perceptive fisher of men and women, François Mitterrand. This is a piece of Royal rhetoric to treasure. Vladimir Nabokov had a word for this sort of writing: poshlost ....(punningly: "posh + lust"). Poshlust, Nabokov explained, "is not only the obviously trashy but mainly the falsely important, the falsely beautiful, the falsely clever, the falsely attractive."

Well yes, that does about cover it.

BHL's silly Left in Dark Times opens with a protracted account of the telephone call in which he broke the news to Sarkozy that he would be supporting Royal. We must now breathlessly await more poshlost on this front.

* Yes, it is.  

February 27, 2010 11:38 AM | | Comments (1)



Although Ségolène Royal is the world's second most attractive political leader (after Yulia Tymoshenko), she comes from a terrorist family. Yulia herself has mob ties, and Benazir Bhutto wasn't squeaky clean, to say the least, so probably I should break myself of my habit of developing crushes on such persons.

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