They’re beating the drums on Renzi’s wide lead in the polls for the leadership of the Democratic Party. But if the propaganda looked instead at the real numbers for the vote, the result suggests a more cautious and much less flattering prospect — not only for the former prime minister and would-be party secretary, but for the party in general.
Less than half of the party members did not vote. Renzi may be the leader of the pack, but there are so many, inside and outside the party, who don’t want to participate in the contest with him. And especially when compared to previous primaries, the same number of members had at least 100,000 left on the street. The Democratic Party under Renzi has self destructed; it has undergone a crash diet. Those who left the party had long warned about a schism among the people, a forerunner of Bersani’s resignation.
Besides, this downward trend of voter participation also indicates another weakness in their participation in congress discussion circles. It was not at all unusual for them to arrive to the meetings haggard, but then there were hundreds of members willing to vote. The hard core that always sided with the secretary.