Between now and the next few weeks, the aspirants to succeed Enrico Letta will take the field. From Stefano Bonaccini, to Paola De Micheli, to Elly Schlein, to Dario Nardella. Perhaps there would also have been the rising star Aboubakar Soumahoro, if he hadn’t stumbled upon a judicial investigation into the migrant cooperatives of which his wife and mother-in-law are allegedly members (the workers have not been paid for months). Different faces and stories for a single enterprise: keeping the Democratic Party together. Impossible objective in reality, because the different souls of that party are genetically incompatible. Unless the party turns into a Barnum circus, or rather continues to be. It has been 16 years, in fact, that the Democratic Party has not won a political election. In this span of time he has been in government (often) only because of the maneuverability of his leadership team. A lot of tactics and little strategy precisely because the devil and holy water coexist within it. The merger between the heirs of the DS-PCI and the post-Christian Democrat soul has in fact remained half-finished: so much so that the last prime minister and ex-secretary, Matteo Renzi, left slamming the door, but in reality, precisely because of that genetic incompatibility I was talking about, it is as if it had been expelled from an organism that experienced it as a foreign body. This condition has often blocked, paralyzed, slowed down the Democratic Party in its choices. It is enough to remember that Letta came to support Mario Draghi at Palazzo Chigi after having strenuously defended the government of Giuseppe Conte, while five years earlier Bersani accepted the government with the Cav only because Grillo had rejected him. A genetic incompatibility that has led to confused and contradictory strategies. Result: the Pd has often screwed up on itself. And that is more or less what is happening now. His left looks to the grillini and begins to suffer their hegemony. The reformist wing thinks about the third pole, but is unable to take any step. Can two such perspectives be combined? No. So much so that in the Lombard Democratic Party there are those who look to Letizia Moratti as a candidate for the regional elections, while the party chooses Pierfrancesco Majorino. And even the most popular new exercise, the rediscovery of an identity, risks turning into a parody, given that the party has two different identities that overlap and move away in a lethal mechanism of political schizophrenia. “I see two parties,” admits deputy secretary Provenzano. Already, how can one imagine harmonizing the reformist soul with those who suffer, like Orlando, the fascination of the “critique of capitalism” or with Schlein who relaunches the crusade against “the liberal mantra of disintermediation”? So better, much better, to say it clearly, without frills, as when Goffredo Bettini reevaluates the “spark” of the October Revolution and admits: “I feel more at home on the banks of the Neva than in the desert of Texas, because Russia is the West and Lenin was Europe». So, in hindsight, the only glue that could still keep the Democratic Party united is hypocrisy, a vice that becomes lethal in politics because it denies both souls their identity and deprives the party – as has happened in the last ten years – of a policy. After all, it is more logical, more virtuous, more sensible to be allies in two distinct parties than enemies in the same party.
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