Badly in Naples, badly in Turin, a challenge that the center-right looked upon with enormous hope. In Rome, Enrico Michetti, saved from the tsunami, goes to the ballot in the lead, but it is clear that the second round will be a via crucis.
Rome – Too many scandals, very serious delay in the presentation of candidates tolerated rather than shared. Then fierce internal controversies, fratricidal attacks and hasty denials. There are many reasons behind the total disaster of the center-right in this administrative session. In a climate of total defeat, it is now ‘everyone against everyone’, because this time nobody is really saved. The ‘center-right government’ is as bad as that of the opposition. If the Lega in Milan goes back to the figures of the pre-Salvini era, those of the post-Bossian trout and Belsito party, Fratelli d’Italia does not break through. In short, “if Sparta cries, Athens does not laugh”. An old saying that is also valid within the green party: in Varese, the city of Giancarlo Giorgetti, halfway through the count, is head to head between the “Giallorossi” candidate and the Northern League one.
Badly in Naples, badly in Turin, a challenge that the center-right looked upon with enormous hope. In Rome, Enrico Michetti, saved from the tsunami, goes to the ballot in the lead, but it is clear that the second round will be a via crucis. Only the success in Calabria remains, but that was a match won from the start. Only in the next few days will the study of the flows show exactly how much the record abstention has penalized the center-right. However, in politics whoever votes decides, whoever stays at home doesn’t. Matteo Salvini is perfectly aware of this, and with great honesty he immediately criticized himself.
But with the polls closed, no one has a clear recipe on how to get out of this setback. The risk is to exacerbate the spirits, already very tried by a campaign with uncovered nerves, and to drive the entire coalition back into a ‘lepenist’, extremist drift, in which perhaps many votes are obtained but never enough to win and govern. The solution cannot be closed in a hedgehog in an ‘alliance formed by’ widows of Trumpism ‘which has long since been archived, with poor relations with the Europe that matters. And above all with a serious problem of the ruling class. The moderate Maurizio Lupi, interpreting the thinking of many, speaks of a “scoppola”. Rejected from the Milanese competition, all in all only because political and not civic, he removes a boulder from his shoes remembering that “the selection of candidates seemed X Factor”.
A disheartening panorama of ‘civics’, whose weakness had long been clear to Silvio Berlusconi, so much so that outside the polling station he was already announcing novelties in the method of selecting candidates. But it is not just a question of more or less democratic procedures: in recent days the Knight had always made it clear that in his opinion, with the sovereign axis Salvini-Meloni, we are not going anywhere, let alone Palazzo Chigi. Divided over everything, strategies, values and programs, without clear leadership, without a ‘federator’, as Enrico Letta infuriates, the center-right is however forced to make the best of a bad situation. He knows that his main task now is to present himself united and united to the mother of all battles, the one that opens in February on Sergio Mattarella’s successor. Paradoxically, the very fact that the blow did not spare anyone could have a positive effect, postponing the ‘showdown’ between leaders and within individual parties. But to do this you need great calm and coolness, an attitude that has been lacking in recent weeks. And who knows that the announced umpteenth return of the eternal Silvio Berlusconi could open a new phase, also focusing on the federation which, with 479 potential votes, could manage the election of the new Head of State from a strong point.