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No Left Turns: End of the Bumpy Road for Tsipras, SYRIZA

Generally speaking, in politics and heavyweight boxing, you’d think that going 0-4 against an opponent with consecutive knockouts and taking a pugilistic pummeling would be enough to hang up the kid gloves.

But not Loser Left SYRIZA leader Alexis ‘Punching Bag’ Tsipras, who has taken so many beatings at the hands of New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis he should be checked for punch drunk syndrome.

After being routed by 11 percent by Mitsotakis in July, 2019 snap polls he called after reneging on just about everything he said while ruling for 4 ½ years, Tsipras followed that up with a 20 percent loss this time around.

It’s only because his cheap chicanery while ruling in changing electoral laws to take away a 50-seat bonus in the 300-member Parliament for the winner of an election that has made a second ballot necessary on June 25.

New Democracy got 40.79 percent of the vote to 20.07 percent for Tsipras, giving the Conservatives 146 seats in Parliament, only five short of a bare majority but would have had 196 without the Tsipras Law in effect.

That was amended by Mitsotakis’ party to provide a sliding scale up to 50 seats in the second round based on a percentage of the vote, and he’s going to win big, wiping out the left of SYRIZA and PASOK-KINAL, third at 11.46 percent.

Tsipras apparently still thinks he’s back at university trying to lead student rebels who would go on to become Capitalists just like him once in power, preferring the spoils that come with victory instead of working the political sugar cane fields.

“I have learned in difficult times to take responsibility and not give up the fight. I am here. I will not give up now, even in the middle of a difficult fight,” he said.

It’s not the middle, it’s the end. Give it up.

He changed the name of the party from Radical Left to Progressive Alliance but it should have been Regressive because he’s gone backwards and he’s taking down the tatters of Greece’s far-left and center-left with him.

Let’s get some new theme songs for SYRIZA. ‘Turn Out the Lights’, ‘The (Leftist) Party’s Over’. Maybe the Traveling Wilbury’s ‘End of the Line’. How about The Doors’ classic, ‘The End’? It’s Game and Career Over, Man.

Cash in your chips. Give sophistry lessons on TV. Lecture the left around Europe in that revolution you said you would bring. Maybe be an advisor to NATO since you didn’t take Greece out of the defense alliance as you vowed.

How bad is it? In breathless terms, France 24 reviewed the ass-kicking and put it this way for him: “With the political left in complete ‘disarray,’ Greece’s former self-styled Rebel Mythos leader seeks to stave off his date with destiny, with Artemis looming on the horizon, ready to send him off into the political wilderness.”

No, not him. He’s got nowhere to go but can at least count on staying in Parliament and cashing those nice fat monthly checks and every so often standing and speaking to whatever’s left of SYRIZA lawmakers – if they can stay awake.

He said he fully assumed responsibility “but in my moral vocabulary … this means standing and fighting,” even while he apologized “to those he had let down,” and hoping to prevent further humiliation in the second round.

He said he wanted “for the Left, SYRIZA, to remain the basic core and expressor of popular struggles and demands,” but not even the SYRIZANS are listening anymore because the biggest chunk of those who deserted voted for New Democracy, as did the young he thought were in his pocket.

He lost almost all across the board in every sector, which should tell him something. He couldn’t beat a guy he painted as elitist, out of touch with the common person, whose government was engulfed in a surveillance scandal, a train tragedy that killed 57 people, was stifling the media, and wouldn’t cut a 24 percent tax on food.

Tsipras showed, though, that he could give lessons in how not to campaign, repeating the tired bromides that sound like they came out of a Chinese Communist rally against running yellow dog imperialists, not wanting to hear with the COVID-19 pandemic waning, that tourists pouring in, and the Greek people wanting to look ahead, not back.

What they wanted to see is what’s coming in 2023, not 2015 when he took power, reneged on promises – whacking workers, pensioners, and the poor with austerity measures – and one of his former ministers days before the election reminding them of that when he said social security taxes by free-lancers should be doubled.

“What gave New Democracy this landslide victory is that most people felt that New Democracy is by far more capable of governing the country. SYRIZA did not present any real and practical program of governance. They were only accusing New Democracy and Mr. Mitsotakis,” Antonis Klapsis, Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations, the University of the Peloponnese told The National Herald.

“It is our duty to make a leap into the future, and I believe that we will make it,” Tsipras once said when he thought he had a shred of relevance, but with him voters saw it was Back to the Past.

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