Austrian Freedom Party: Victory in Defeat

Norbert Hofer of the anti-immigration Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ) has been narrowly defeated in his bid to become Austria’s next president.

Alexander Van der Bellen, former leader of Austrian Greens party, won 50.3% of the vote, compared to 49.7% for Hofer. The margin of victory was 31,026 out of nearly 4.5 million votes cast.

European political and media elites have been quick to hail the election of Van der Bellen, who campaigned on a pro-immigration, pro-EU platform. They seem to believe his razor-thin win validates their uninterrupted pursuit of European multiculturalism.

But Hofer can claim victory even in defeat.

  • simus1

    Better to have the real opposition united and focused on attaining real power at the real upcoming elections rather than having them serve up a lame president for the leftists to endlessly pillory and unfairly blame for the shitty situation they themselves have created.
    Canada could do worse than getting rid of our president equivalent GG and go with something like the Austrian presidential system.

  • john700

    “But Hofer can claim victory even in defeat” – Classic case of kool-aid drinking.
    People still delude themselves that elections will solve the problem.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Defeat is still defeat.

    • simus1

      The lessons learned while surviving small defeats are like the first stones laid that can pave the road to massive victories

      • El Martyachi

        Normally this is where I’d proclaim you an “Optimist!”. Not today.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Elections are not decided by the voters, but by the vote counters.

  • Linda1000

    Why are no re-counts demanded on these results, with only a .6% or 31,026 winning votes, supposedly?

    • Alain

      Why not indeed.