If Soong is not Running for President, Why the PFP Legislative Nominations?
United Daily News editorial (Taipei, Taiwan, ROC)
August 15, 2011
Summary: The truth has finally emerged. James Soong has gradually revealed his full agenda. One. Consider the presidential election. His key objective is to topple Ma Ying-jeou. He is even willing to replace him with Tsai Ing-wen. Two. Consider the legislative elections. His key objective is to increase the number of seats held by the DPP. This will increase the People First Party's chances of becoming the "swing vote."
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The truth has finally emerged. James Soong has gradually revealed his full agenda. One. Consider the presidential election. His key objective is to topple Ma Ying-jeou. He is even willing to replace him with Tsai Ing-wen. Two. Consider the legislative elections. His key objective is to increase the number of seats held by the DPP. This will increase the People First Party's chances of becoming the "swing vote."
Consider the presidential election. James Soong has no chance of replacing Ma Ying-jeou. Even if Ma Ying-jeou is toppled as a result of James Soong's election bid, Tsai Ing-wen would become president, not James Soong. Consider the legislative elections. The People First Party campaign would substantially reduce the number of seats held by the KMT, and substantially increase in the number of seats held by the DPP. The PFP is unlikely to win many seats for itself. Now consider the following.
James Soong is out to get Ma Ying-jeou, plain and simple. He feels slighted and neglected. As a result, he is angry with Ma, and seeks revenge. In order to disguise Soong's personal vendetta, and to give it a veneer of rationality, the Soong camp is denouncing Ma, accusing him of "wreakng havoc upon the nation." It is disguising its personal vendetta as a quest for justice. Soong has been sniping at Ma relentlessly. He insists that Taiwan's most serious problem is a lack of "leadership." He says Ma Ying-jeou lacks the vision required by a commander in chief. He says "Ma is even worse than the Taiwan Affairs Office," Every word Soong utters suggests that "He can be replaced." Soong has urged immediate changes to the presidential election rules. To win, a candidate must win by an absolute majority. Soong is implying that he could then enter the race without fear that he would become a "spoiler." Most amusing of all is Soong's pretense of selflessness. He even urged Su Tseng-chang to run. That way both candidates could pursue their own agendas. In his quest for the presidency, James Soong has thought of everything. Unfortunately his quest for the presidency, is either the ravings of a lunatic or mere wishful thinking.
Consider the legislative elections. Consider the People First Party's first wave of nominations. Consider its alleged future waves of nominations. As we have seen, James Soong's key objective is to increase the number of Democratic Progressive Party legislators. The first wave of PFP nominations clearly targeted districts in which the Blue Camp is weak, or in which its leads only by the slimmest of margins. The People First Party insists on nominating candidates to these districts. It clearly wants the DPP to win. Because if the PFP merely nominates a few candidates to districts where the Blue Camp commands a huge advantage, it will merely replace a few KMT candidates. It will merely replace a few KMT legislative seats. But the PFP is fielding candidates in districts where the going is tough for the Blue Camp. That is the only way Soong can increase the number of DPP seats. That is the way he can increase the chances of the People First Party commanding the "swing vote." This is James Soong's underhanded and ruthless strategy vis a vis the legislative elections.
As noted above, suppose James Soong's key goal is to topple Ma and replace him as president. Unless he is elected president, he has not fulfilled this ambition. But James Soong stands no chance of being elected president. He can hardly acknowledge that "The real purpose behind my presidential bid is to ensure a Tsai Ing-wen victory."
But if Soong is not running for president, that casts doubt on the PFP's bid for legislative seats. One. Suppose the People First Party is nominating legislative candidates left and right, but Soong does not run for president. Soong will not replace Ma as president. At most, Tsai will replace Ma as president. Fielding legislative candidates will not help Soong topple Ma and take his place. Two. Suppose the People First Party nominates legislative candidates left and right. Suppose it increases the number of DPP seats in the legislature, but fails to improve election prospects for the PFP. The Blue Camp will lose. The Green Camp will receive a windfall. The Orange Camp will gain nothing. The People First Party will not benefit. The consequences will harm the entire nation. What would be the point?
James Soong can do little good, but he can inflict much harm. He must decide whether he wishes to play a destructive or constructive role during this election. After all, the KMT and Ma Ying-jeou are evenly matched against the DPP and Tsai Ing-wen. James Soong may hate Ma. He may oppose Ma. he may long to topple Ma. But if he cannot replace Ma after toppling him, he must explain himself. The alternatives are the KMT and Ma Ying-jeou and the DPP and Tsai Ing-wen. So why does he insist on toppling the KMT and Ma Ying-jeou, thereby ensuring a victory for Tsai Ing-wen and the DPP? Is James Soong's real purpose to topple Ma and ensure a victory for Tsai?
In sum, if Soong is running for president in order to topple Ma and replace him, then his indiscriminate legislative nominations have some justification, They represent an attempt to topple the Ma administration as a whole. But what if James Soong does not intend to run for president? What if he is merely using PFP legislative bids to undermine the Blue Camp and benefit the Green Camp, merely out of spite, and does not even benefit the Orange Camp? What if he cannot topple Ma and replace him as president? What if society pays the price for his divisive tactics? If Soong does not run for president, he must explain himself. Why the indiscriminate legislative nominations, clearly intended to ensure a DPP victory? James Soong may be a willing Green Camp tool. He may be willing to topple Ma and divide the Blue Camp, But People First Party legislative candidates need not become James Soong's tools, merely so that he may vent his spleen against Ma Ying-jeou.
The election has begun. On the one hand, James Soong, who is not running for president, has latched onto Ma Ying-jeou and is haranguing him on a daily basis. On the other hand, the PFP is fielding legislative candidates, thereby ensuring DPP victories. What an absurd scenario. James Soong is riding a tiger. He cannot get off. But his followers, PFP legislative candidates, can refuse to be his tools.