In today’s episode of Slovene Spy Scandal:
-Is Tone Rop going to stick to his guns?
-Where does Borut Pahor stand?
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OK… Enough fooling around. As you probably know by now, former PM Tone Rop basically accused the incumbent PM Janez Janša of high treason. The latter seems to have lost his nerve a couple of days ago and demanded a public apology or else…
…or else he will sue Rop for slander. And I went: Huh? That all you got?
Naturally, Rop categorically refused to apologize, calling Janša’s bluff who will now have to make good on his threats – or risk looking like a pussy.
But what we have now is actually a threesome made up of former, incumbent and potential PM. Namey: Borut Pahor, the leader of Social Democrats (the new party of choice by Tone Rop) is at the moment only observing the fight from the sidelines, but it is getting increasingly obvious that even if Rop brings Janša down just a notch (let alone bring him down tumbling), it is Pahor, and not Rop, who benefits in the end.
So what we are seeing now in Slovenia is the begining of a very long political endgame. Thusfar, Janša seems to be on the defensive, but I’m sure he’s got an ace or two up his sleeve, so don’t write him off just yet. On the other hand, Rop seems to have little to lose. He’s past his political prime and is apparently softening Janša up for Pahor to take him on after the presidential elections where Pahor will not run for president, declaring that he will lead his party in the ultimate battle at Slovene political Armageddon in 2008 (the parliamentary elections).
And in the midst of preparations for what will probably be the showdown of the century Janša goes crying to a judge for slander??? Either a gross miscalculation in political terms, or I’m missing something here…