One reason I do not share the optimism of my fellow pan-Greens regarding the DPP is its infinite ability to undermine itself when it gets a little lead, not just my contrarian, suicidal pessimism. Two more DPP stupidities recently. First, the party doesn't seem to be able to prevent children of prominent DPPers are running for office (FocusTw). Political dynasties are a problem in all democracies, but in Asia the situation is particularly bad. Hopefully all of these candidates will lose in the primaries.,,
Prominant pan-green legacy candidates include Su Chiao-hui (蘇巧慧), daughter of fomer DPP chairman and Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌), Liao Yi-kun (廖宜琨), son of former legislator Liao Pen-yen (廖本煙), and Yu Ping-tao (游秉陶), son of Yu Shyi-kun (游錫堃), another former DPP chairman and premier, and Cheng Yu-hao (鄭余豪), son of former legislator Cheng Yu-chen (鄭余鎮).Not mentioned is Chen Shui-bian's son Chen Chih-chung, who is thinking of running. Last election, he cost the DPP an easy seat in Kaohsiung by running as an independent and splitting the vote. The DPP took him back anyway, even though he's been nothing but problems for them. Solidarity.tw pointed out to me that they just want to collect the votes of his supporters.
WantWant has the story intermingling it with another foulup:
Chen Chih-chung, son of Taiwan's former president Chen Shui-bian, said Monday that there was no evidence to support the corruption allegations made by outgoing Democratic Progressive Party spokeswoman Hsu Chia-ching against his father.Yes, that's right. The DPP spokeswoman went to the United States and stated in front of an important source of donations for the DPP that Chen Shui-bian took bribes, which she knew because a bunch of (likely pro-KMT) businesspeople told her this. No evidence offered for these legally actionable accusations. She then revealed party internal affairs in publicly discussing Chen Chih-chung. Needlessly stupid. She was then forced to resign and Tsai forced to distance herself from the remarks, saying they were just her personal opinions, while Hsu once again brought the sensitive and explosive topic of Chen Shui-bian into the public spotlight. Finally, the party loses (the promotion of) an experienced politician who should have known better. What a waste. Luckily the news cycle has the attention span of a Golden Retriever...
Hsu, a former veteran member of the Taipei city council, said at a gathering with members of the Taiwanese Association of America in Dallas in February that Chen Shui-bian had accepted billions of dollars in donations from construction companies when he was in office from 2000-2008.
Hsu also questioned the merits of the DPP possibly nominating Chen Chih-chung to run for a legislative seat next year.
- WAY COOL VIDEO: Buzzards dine on hornets nest at Taipei Zoo
- IMPORTANT: Frozen Garlic on the DPP nomination contests. He also analyzes the negative voting proposal. Yawp, it's silly.
- Steven Crook in Taiwan Review: Building Up Regional Advantages
- Comically, the Education Ministry insists that its pro-China adjustments to the school curriculum prepared by non-scholars who didn't follow procedure was perfectly ok.
- Taiwan's nukes nearing capacity for fuel rod storage, says former Ma advisor slamming gov't nuke policy. The nuke issue could be a big winner for the DPP, except that it would have to follow through once in power, and will that happen? Anyone's guess.
- Nantou's Garbage Crisis from Taiwan Take.
- Nick Kembel's report on the Yanshui Fireworks Festival. I've never gone, and local temple officials tolerate the
foreigners'everyone's behavior, but regard it as insulting to the god, one told me when I was there last time. It's a shame there is so much focus on the ridiculous fireworks festival, because Yenshui is one of the best little towns in Taiwan for exploring and enjoying, with many old buildings and an Old Street that is not a total kitsch disaster like everywhere else in Taiwan.
- Solidarity.tw translates article on Ma handing out directorships of state-run firms to political pals.
- Yeh Chieh-ting's piece from a couple of years ago on young blood in the two major parties.
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