You can win even when losing. And not just because the political commentary of the day after elections is always a race to spin the results, where no one never loses. But also because, this time, it’s easy to look to the defeat of rivals and ignore your own failure.
The Democratic Party was quick to point out the “net loss,” “flop,” and “collapse” of the “4 Star Movement” (as the Democrat leaders put it) and says very little of its own results. Except for the slogan “the united center-left wins.” That, however, is not Renzi’s policy.
In fact, the Democratic Party did not work in tandem with the leftist organizations in the regions, but mostly with the civic lists (local candidates with no national party affiliation), wherever they were numerous. So much so that it is impossible to make an analysis of the general and national vote, assuming the party is interested in doing so. In the 2014 regional elections when abstention was widespread, Renzi’s dry comment was “too bad for the abstainers.” On Monday, the secretary said he did not want to “chat” and went to visit Amatrice.