Former IMF chief and once-upon-a-time Presidential aspirant Dominique Strauss Kahn may have avoided jail, but his political life is over. The French Socialist Party is shunning him at every turn.
Socialist Party candidate François Hollande, who is edging closer to being elected President every day, has publicly stated that Strauss Kahn is not part of the campaign, and he should just stay away from everyone involved in the campaign. Leading party members walked out of a party in Paris when DSK arrived. Now, DSK is whining to the press that the whole mess in New York, where he was accused of sexually assaulting a hotel maid, was a trap laid by his political opponents. Yeah, that maid was set up by a bunch of French politicians. Must be because DSK had dodged repeated similar accusations in France.
There is plenty of evidence that something happened in that hotel room, and the maid was persuaded by friends to go for the money. Gee, just like Paula Jones and President Clinton. (And before anyone crawls down my throat for that one, Jones confessed after she was dumped by the conservatives when they failed to get Clinton removed from office.) But to suggest that the charges were politically motivated or that the maid was working for DSK’s enemies is denial. There are at least two women in France who have accused him of rape, and dozens who have accused him of inappropriate behavior. What the incident in New York did was make French women reject the idea that they have to accept chauvinistic behavior out of French men, accept having their persons violated on any level, accept a culture of being objects instead of persons. It wasn’t DSK’s political enemies who did him in, it was the women of France.
Dominique Strauss Kahn should just fold up the tent and fade away. He’s been lucky so far that none of his activities have been prosecuted. The problem is, the same arrogance that he demonstrated with women won’t allow him to admit his career is over.