Final Word from Wednesday, October 10, 2012

There are just 23 arrest days between now and the ODS party congress on Nov. 2-4, or just three if you only count Mondays. David Rath, Vladimír Šiška, Milan Hojer and Marek Dalík were all arrested on Mondays (or late Sunday night), allowing the police to take maximum advantage of the weekly news cycle. One of the big questions now is whether Petr Nečas can parlay these heavily publicized arrests into a deal with the ODS rebels and President Václav Klaus that saves his rear end at the ODS congress. Nečas clearly senses that his chances are improving, otherwise he wouldn't have moved up the ODS event (which had been widely expected in Dec.). Klaus has been weakened by plastic pellets, and the rebels are looking more and more like self-serving saboteurs. Anything can happen, but we now give Nečas a 60% chance of pacifying the rebels and remaining in office longer than Klaus does.[Czech Republic fall collapse government]

Glossary of difficult words

arrest days - the number of days left for making an arrest (our term, modeled after the idea of the number of shopping days left before Christmas);

news cycle - the amount of time that lapses before the media move on to another major story;

to parlay something into something else - to transform something into something greater or of more value;

saboteur - a person who deliberately destroys something, esp. for political or military advantage;

to pacify - to quell the anger, agitation or excitement of;

Klaus - his terms in office expires in early March.


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