Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Don't Call Me Junior!

This probably isn't the most famous Indiana Jones quote, but it's close enough and, dear reader, if you wonder why we are discussing the world's most famous archaeologist and snake hater, it's because this Law and Justice (PiS) official believes PiS is like Indiana Jones.

Honestly, I don't know if this means PiS's Adam Hofman has some fond memory of hats, boots and whips, although he might very well think the rival Civic Platform (PO) is nothing besides full of Nazis. PiS boss Jaroslaw Kaczynski with a whip? I don't know if that makes sense or does . . . .

Mr Hofman, however, raises the more interesting point that according to alleged research by pollster TNS-OBOP more young people actually prefer PiS to PO: 34 pct vs 29 pct among those aged 18-24. As you probably remember, surprisingly high turnout among young voters was key in tipping the scale in the PO's favour in the 2007 general election.

Should this poll be correct, it would be yet another warning signal for Mr. Tusk and his associates to get their act together. It is hard to imagine that the "doing nothing" strategy followed at present will work well in attracting young voters.

Hofman cites the internet as the main reason why young Poles prefer PiS. This just shows that the PO, despite its supposed modernism, has failed to capitalise on the potential of social networks, which is huge as the many anti-PiS Facebook initiatives show. This leaves the field almost entirely to PiS, whose supporters dominate comment sections and forums on the most popular Polish internet portals. This is especially ironic since Jaroslaw Kaczynski has said most internet users are beer-loving porn addicts.

In the end, the PO doesn't have to be Indiana Jones or Han Solo, but it has to get its act together and come up with an election strategy that will actually work, or after the October general elections it will be stuck with the rather uncomfortable role of being the...Joker.

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