I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that George Steinbrenner will give Billy Martin a vote of confidence as Yankees manager and keep him.
Okay, that didn’t work out so good, but Greek Prime Minister and New Capitalist leader Antonis Samaras asking for a vote of confidence from a Parliament his coalition government controls is as big a profile in courage – and sure bet – as Russian President/Dictator Vladimir Putin asking the government he controls if they want him to stay in power.
It’s tough for Samaras, who went to Amherst and Harvard and has a keen mind, to be taking a licking in the polls from Alexis “Che” Tsipras, leader of the major opposition Coalition of the Radical Leftist Loonies (SYRIZA) who wants to be Premier but couldn’t run a hot dog stand.
But it’s a phony ploy to seek a vote of confidence from your own people, who otherwise will be ejected from the party.
Ahead of the Oct. 10 vote, Samaras knew he could count on the 126 members of New Democracy to rally around their beleaguered man, as well as the 28 lawmakers from the PASOK Anti-Socialists in his coalition.
With 154 votes in the 300-member Parliament the decision was known before it happened, unless the unthinkable happened and one of the MPs in the ruling parties grew a conscience.
With nine lawmakers from the Nazis of the Golden Dawn party in jail (the other nine have been arrested but not put in the can yet), Samaras needed only 146 votes to win the vote of confidence, a perfunctory and fake operation designed only to give New Democracy and PASOK a false sense that they have the backing of anyone except themselves, a silly circle jerk.
It was one of those rare occasions though when journalists could write the story before it happened and toss back a few Fixes and sleep through three days of debate between New Democracy and PASOK apologist acolytes and the opposition parties, led by SYRIZA.
This is a well-worn script and easy to predict what words would be spoken. New Democracy and PASOK MPs, following orders and acting like Stepford Wives or robots, defending the government to the hilt only because they want to protect their own positions and not the common good, which doesn’t exist in Greece.
SYRIZA and the New Democracy outcasts from the Independent Greeks railed against Samaras and the austerity measures he imposed on orders of international lenders, calling him a sell-out and a hypocrite because he opposed pay cuts, tax hikes, slashed pensions and worker firings when he was out of power but embraced them the moment he sat down in the Prime Minister’s office and became aglow with the kind of power that comes with knowing you can break your word and not be held accountable.
Samaras celebrated even before the vote, which was really an exercise to see if he could get 180 votes, the magic number needed to elect a new Greek President in February, 2015 to replace the malleable Karolos Papoulias, who pretty much went along with everything the coalition wanted.
SYRIZA said it would oppose any candidate from the ruling parties so it could prevent election of a President, which would force early elections and give Greeks a variation on a Hobson’s Choice, only in this case there is no option, not one.
This event is an exercise in tedium and more boring than watching a Tiddlywinks championship, or just about any French film ever made. Watching paint dry or grass grow is more exciting. I’d rather go shopping with a woman than watch this debate, knowing who’s going to win and the only question is the final score.
At the end, after all the sound and fake fury, nothing was accomplished. Samaras won a pyrrhic victory and rigged game and pretended the people loved him again.
He gave SYRIZA a sounding board for gripes against him and more of the free publicity that has given a shred of credibility to the Leftists, who have almost as little as PASOK, whose leader, Deputy Premier/Foreign Minister/Resident Opportunist Evangelos Venizelos would side with the devil if it would keep him in the public spotlight.
Samaras might want to keep an eye on the man he elevated to high office in return for backing austerity because Venizelos would switch uniforms at half time or in between periods and join the other team if he thought it would win and he’s already smelling around SYRIZA and floating an option to have PASOK join a Radicalist coalition if Tsipras comes to power.
That was the danger of this vote of no confidence, which it really was because the only people who have confidence in the government are those who work for the parties who run the government and they sit in the non-vertebrate section in the Parliament so the jellyfish can be near each other.
Ahead of the vote, PASOK’s Panayiotis Rigas said, “I do not think that any of the government’s lawmakers are irresponsible enough to bring it down,” and another from the Anti-Socialists, Thanos Moraitis, who had said he might not back the coalition’s candidate for President, backed down faster than the French Army in World War II and said he’d support the coalition too. That’s how confident they were.
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