Sunday, January 09, 2005

[ELECTION 2005] From Hero To Monster

Jutarnji list today dropped a bombshell in the form of an article describing Boris Mikšić (Boris Miksic) as a man with a history of spousal abuse. The article is, among other things, accompanied with the copy of restraining order issued by Minnesota court in 1988.

Needless to say, there were people more than eager to treat these accusations as a Gospel. Those people are mostly Croatian leftists and liberals who can't forgive Mikšić for spoiling the first round of election and forcing their favourite Stipe Mesić (Stipe Mesic) into second round. Many express outrage over some 17-18 % of Croatian people giving confidence to the wife abuser they knew nothing about.

The problem is, of course, that people didn't know about that for one very simple reason. Croatian didn't report it because most of them didn't expect Mikšić to become such phenomenon. But now, with Mikšić announcing forming new party and running at local elections, his past suddenly became very interesting.

Those allegations, however, are more likely to help Kosor than Mesić. Most of Mikšić voters are more likely to vote for Mesić than for Kosor in the second round. So, if Kosor is to have some chance, the number of Mikšić voters must be decreased. This is the reason why their hero is suddenly portrayed as monster. Furthermore, story about his wife abusing is going to help Kosor who, despite her anti-abortion stance, occasionally campaigns as "first Croatian woman president" and champion of feminist causes.


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