Nice Work If U Can Get It

For those (few) readers expecting some kind of discussion here about Russia’s recent elections, Lunghu has this to say:  “Elections? What elections?”   If you catch my drift…

Instead, Lunghu is going to continue his occasional long-range surveillance of the Korean peninsula by commenting on the activities last week of three leading personalities in the Grand National Party:  the President, the Prime Minister and the (former) party chairman.  Once again, thanks to Yonhap for pictures that tell most of the story.

President Lee Myung-bak: a President you’d actually trust with your kids.  He might bore them to tears, but they’ll come to no harm.

Prime Minister Kim Hwang-sik: he has to do all the dirty work, like ensuring parliamentary passage of an unpopular Free Trade Agreement with the United States, and publicly performing CPR on a repulsive plastic dummy at Seoul Fire Department headquarters.  Lunghu is gonna guess that the finger position being demonstrated by one of Seoul’s Bravest might be a silent response to sexist catcalls from the journalists and photographers in attendance.  Korean men aren’t exactly known for their enlightened attitudes toward women.

Representative Hong Jun-pyo:  he’s going to have to go back to his day job as South Gyeongsang factional arm-twister in the National Assembly.

The embattled chief of the ruling Grand National Party resigned Friday, yielding to mounting pressure from reformist members seeking desperately to reshape the beleaguered party ahead of next year’s general elections.  The resignation came two days after three top GNP leaders quit en masse in a political coup that underscored concerns among reform-minded members that the party won’t be able to regain public confidence under Hong and will suffer crushing defeats in April’s parliamentary elections.

In its article covering the story, Yonhap News Service appears to have mixed a bit of editorializing in with its journalism:

Rep. Hong Jun-pyo’s departure is sure to add pressure on the GNP’s leading presidential hopeful Park Geun-hye to step forward and help salvage the unpopular party … [She is] an unrivaled presidential front-runner in the [GNP].   If Park is to take over as GNP leader, the party should revise its charter that bans presidential hopefuls from serving in a leadership post one and a half years before the vote.

“Unrivaled frontrunner”?  “Should revise its charter”?  Lunghu thinks that Yonhap has its money on the mare in next year’s horserace.  That leaves open the question of who will bet on the proverbial bobtail nag.  We’ll see …

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