Wed Jan 18th, 2017 at 01:28:13 AM EST
According to the press narrative, a "vibrant" and "enthusiastic" and "energetic" Emmanuel Macron is rising in the polls and challenging the nationalist and nativist mood.
What have we here?
Promoted - Frank Schnittger
The media seems enthusiastic.
France 24 -- Pro-EU Macron surges in French election polls
Foreign Policy -- The English-Speaking, German-loving, French politican the EU has been waiting for
The Guardian -- French progressives dare to hope as maverick Macron surges in polls
Oooh, he's even a maverick! He's neither right nor left! He used to be an investment banker! He styles himself as a progressive, without any of those pesky progressive economic ideas. One can almost feel the drool.
From one angle, this looks a bit like the Obama phenomenon -- a mainstream neoliberal politician is unusally young and inspiring and sells the message of hope and positivity in a dark time. However, Macron's "more Europe!" message is a lot more substantial than "Hope," at least in the current context.
Then again, achieving any sort of "more Europe" is awfully hard, given the cooperation necessary to make anything happen. It would also be notable at this historical moment for a politican to win big on a pro-Europe message, given the trends lately.