If every good story is built around the hero’s journey, the hero of this 5 Star Movement campaign has to be Luigi Di Maio.
Piazza del Popolo is not very full, people are occupying just over half of the available space, but optimism is in the air. They expect great things from their leader and from the upcoming elections. This hero’s journey, they explain, was over 30,000 kilometers long. Now, on a stage reaching out toward the audience, a presidential lectern is waiting for him. The hero looks triumphant, and he even has a government ready.
“I have read the latest polls, and I can tell you that we are one step away from victory,” Di Maio proclaims, although he doesn’t say what exactly he means by “victory.” His main antagonists are the center-right, about which Beppe Grillo shows off the humor that made his name: “I’m voting for Berlusconi,” the founder of the 5 Star Movement announced, because “you know, I have a family, I have to save my marriage, I need a bigger house.”