The French Disconnection

Why else won’t Ms. Le Pen become president? Because she’s a woman. It’s uncouth to say that, but grand political analysis is also made up of petty prejudices.

.. She talks mostly about immigrants, terrorism, Islamism, colonization and the euro. Not so much about the status of women.

.. Their focus isn’t truth, only effects. And it works: Voters today don’t read long analyses; they remember forceful assertions.

.. Ms. Le Pen’s election would run counter to the course of history, the reasoning goes, and therefore it cannot be.