A right winger now has the job nobody in their right mind would want. New Democracy’s Antonis Samaras was sworn in as Greece’s prime minister today, after forming a coalition with Socialist PASOK and the tiny Democratic Left party.
Samaras went to Harvard Business School, just like Mittens. He is from a wealthy family, just like Mittens.
Either New Democracy or PASOK has run Greece for the last four decades, so they represent the establishment. To show you how cliquish Greece is, Samaras was roommates at Amherst College with George Papandreou, who led one of the PASOK governments.
Leftist Syriza, and its young anti-austerity leader Alexis Tspiras, which finished behind New Democracy by less than 3% in this weekend’s voting, is waiting in the wings for this coalition to fail. And it will. I’ll be shocked if it lasts six months.