(Washington Times) -- The populist saber continues to cut the elites down to size. The elites, who think they know it all and are uniquely qualified to tell everyone else how to live, took another pasting Sunday in the Italian elections. Prime Minister Matteo Renzi felt so humiliated by voter rejection of his proposals for constitutional reform that he quit on the spot.
That’s 3 for 3 for the peasants. Europe hasn’t seen such a sacking fit in years. David Cameron quit as prime minister in Britain after the kingdom voted earlier this year to say goodbye to Europe, and then Francois Hollande, the president of France, looked back and saw something gaining on him.
The most unpopular president since 1940, when France was about to fall, said he has had enough, and wouldn’t stand for an election that everybody said he couldn’t win, next year.
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The Germans have a chance to make it 4 for 4 next year, when Angela Merkel stands for a fourth term, and though she may be the favorite, in the present climate she’s anything but a sure bet, and maybe not even a good one. Throwing the rascals out has become a game everyone wants to play, and the world has rarely seen so many deserving rascals.