PSD primaries, the most recent democratic failure. Never so few voters

PSD primaries, the most recent democratic failure.  Never so few voters

Those held yesterday are the primaries with the lowest number of voters ever. Ultimately, the Democratic Party itself gave the numbers: about a million participants, as reported by Silvia Roggiani, chairman of the Nazarene congressional committee. Not even the lesson learned in the September 25 general elections managed to reverse the trend. In fact, every time the Democratic Party called its voters to demonstrate for the choice of secretary, there was a drop in participation compared to the previous edition. In recent days, both Bonaccini and Schlein had hoped to pass the “psychological threshold” of one million voters. However, this is a downward trend compared to the trend of recent years. From 2007, the debut of the Pd brand primaries that elected Walter Veltroni, until 2019, when Nicola Zingaretti won, the number of participants increased from 3.6 million to almost 1.6 million. Despite this, the outgoing secretary, Enrico Letta, spoke of a “democratic party” and a “great success” for having surpassed one million people in the bandstands. And Dario Nardella, mayor of Florence and coordinator of the Bonaccini motion, praised “the extraordinary proof of participation and democratic vitality.”

In the big cities, however, the participation of activists, militants and simple sympathizers was great. Despite the rain and the ban on the circulation of cars for the ecological Sunday, in front of the bandstands of Municipality I of the capital, heart of “good Rome” and stronghold of the dem electorate, the look is clear: queues to vote between umbrellas, electoral cards and disappointed hopes. There are many supporters of Elly Schlein, who collected more preferences than Bonaccini in the capital. There are those who consider him “less worse” than Bonaccini and those who, on the contrary, vote for him with strong conviction. “If we have to vote not to change anything, let’s vote for Bonaccini”, sings a family in the gazebos of Piazza Mazzini. And again: “With Schlein there is hope that the Democratic Party will be reborn, otherwise we will see another car accident.” The former vice-president of Emilia-Romagna is appreciated for his young age, but above all because he reflects an option for radical change “despite being more divisive than Bonaccini”, commented two voters who were waiting for their turn. Among his supporters there are those who hope “that he will be able to renew the party, contrary to what Renzi did”, remembering with bitter taste the five years of the former prime minister’s secretariat.

Obviously, there are complaints about the poor organization of gazebos, accompanied by criticism of the primaries, defined as “an abuse of internal democracy”. Among Bonaccini’s supporters, on the other hand, there are those who place him as “the only one who can mediate within the party to form a leading class of competent people”. The comment of an elderly, but very lucid, Democratic Party voter is more reflective: “You have to vote for a horizon and not an administrator.” In short, the air you breathed walking between the bandstands appeared clearly delineated by two sides: those who voted for change, for novelty, thus giving preference to Schlein, and those who voted for the government experience, hoping that the five-year mandate as president of Emilia-Romagna can help Bonaccini revive the Democratic Party.

Source: IL Tempo