Final Word from Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Jiří Drahoš made the mistake of thinking that opposition to Miloš Zeman and Andrej Babiš was strong enough to countermand the results of the parliamentary elections, in which the Zeman/Babiš parties or factions won a majority. This doesn't mean there isn't still room for the Drahoš message. Drahoš performed better last weekend than the anti-Zeman/Babiš parties did in the Oct. elections. ODS, the Pirates, KDU-ČSL, TOP 09, STAN and the Greens won just under 40%. Throw in a few percentage points for the Sobotka-Pokorný faction of ČSSD, and you're at 43%. Drahoš won nearly 49% in his race. However, he's quickly losing the momentum and will fade back into obscurity unless he finds new meaning in politics. Instead of groping around for a Senate nomination, he could slide right into the presidency of the Resistance (modeled on the anti-Trump movement). Drahoš could make a better anti-Zeman/Babiš spokesman than Miroslav Kalousek is. [Czech Republic Donald Radek Bohuslav]

Glossary of difficult words

to countermand - to declare (a vote or election) invalid;

to grope - to search blindly or uncertainly by feeling with the hands.

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