Meanwhile, in Britain, Prime Minister Theresa May called a snap election for the mother of parliaments in what is universally predicted to be a landslide victory for her Conservative Party − not so much because it has done a great job in power or has immensely popular policies, but due to the debilitating weakness of Labour, the main opposition party, under the hopeless leadership of Jeremy Corbyn.
You can add the fact that in the White House a president who lost the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes is about to complete his first hundred days, and here in Israel, where Benjamin Netanyahu is hailed as a serial election-winner, he’s actually the prime minister with one of the weakest election victories in Israel.
The party machine had control over the advancement of aspiring politicians, and the media awarded attention to candidates according to their seniority.
The success of a centrist newcomer like Macron could be proof that the accepted narrative of an erosion of liberal values and corresponding rise of populist leaders is only part of the story.
Xenophobia, populism and extremism didn’t disappear during the long decades of moderate governments from the center-right and center-left.