Angela Merkel might well be the darling of mainstream media across the world because she’s the fake conservative – just like Malcolm Turnbull - that our far left media, from their ABC through all the commercial TV networks and deep into the print media, demand conservatives must embrace.
That is to say, she’s been the living personification of not being Maggie Thatcher.
Plus, of course, she earned their undying collective love by glowering at the “Orange Man Bad”, Donald Trump.
It was a love though not actually shared by the German people. In the four elections she ‘won’, the very best she did was to have “only” six out of every ten voters explicitly reject her and her party.
In the 2013 election, she and her CDU/CSU (a combine, actually, of two parties) got 41.5 per cent of the vote.
In all the other three elections, spanning from 2005 through 2017, two out of every three Germans voted against her and her party.
And in last weekend’s election – which she went into still as German chancellor, the equivalent of our prime minister, although she’s leaving – fully three out of every four Germans voted against her and her party.
Further, the two other parties “of the right” – actually, the only two parties that are on the right; Merkel’s CDU/CSU lines up more with our Labor Party and arguably even to the left of it – together won almost as many votes.
These two parties – the libertarian pro-business Free Democrats, similar to our Liberal Democrats; and the AfD, the Pauline Hanson-style right-wing version of both their and our Greens on the left – got almost as many votes between them as the Merkel party.
Merkel’s CDU/CDSU got 24.1 per cent, the other two got a combined 21.8 per cent.
The big thing these facts tell you is not to believe the – often wishful thinking - propaganda spewed out by the networks and almost the entirety of the print and other online media.
It all comes out of the same gene pool and gets recirculated in ever decreasing circles around the world.
If you were to believe all the gushing you’d think that at least 60 per cent and surely more like 75 per cent of German voters had always gone for Angela.
No, in one brief moment in time, it popped up to that 41.5 per cent; for the rest it was around 33 per cent, and she bequeathed her successor not even 25 per cent.
Beyond the inane media gushing – a product of the usual bias, ignorance and just plain stupidity – is both a big, big warning to our version of the CDU part of that grouping, our Liberals; and both the same warning and a big opportunity for our version of the CSU element, our Nationals.
The warning to the Libs is that if you track left like Merkel – and as they are now doing at a rapidly increasing pace despite dumping Turnbull – you end up with 25-33 per cent of the vote.
That’s because 33-50 per cent of the vote stays with the true parties of the left. In the German election their Labor party (SPD) and their Greens got 40.5 per cent between them. Another 4.9 per cent went to the all-but actual communists.
While at least 25-33 per cent will stay with or swing to the real parties of the right.
So the warning/opportunity for the Nationals is do they want to join the Liberals on that suicide march, or do they become the real and dominant party on the right.
Nationals like Darren Chester and David Littleproud are embracing the suicide march; Matt Canavan and Bridget McKenzie are opting for the opportunity – and rejection of just plain stupidity.
Right now Barnaby’s trying to straddle the fence.