Rubbing the sand out of their eyes

In Hungary -- we need it to happen here too. From ABC News:
Hungary's Ruling Socialists Suffer Stinging Defeat
Hungary's center-right party reclaimed the right to govern on Sunday, winning over 50 percent of the vote and handing the ruling Socialists a humiliating defeat. Extreme rightists backed by black clad paramilitary troops took more than 15 percent to come in third.

While widely forecast, the strong gain of the extreme right Jobbik party represented the greatest political shake-up of the election, shattering Hungary's traditional post-communist status quo of a parliament dominated by the center right and the left.

Fidesz's landslide victory had been expected by pollsters and its result of 52.8 percent in the first round translated into 206 seats for now in the 386-seat legislature.

The governing Socialists, whom many Hungarians blame for their dismal economy, were far behind with 19.3 percent and 28 seats, followed closely by the far-right, anti-Gypsy Jobbik with 26 seats and 16.7 percent � over three times as much as any other far-right party since the country's return to democracy from communism in 1990.

The depth of the Socialist fall was reflected in a comparison of their present showing to that of the last election four years ago, when they garnered 43 percent support.
Most nations are centrist or center right -- the nature of politics dictates a swing back and forth so it is nice to see the socialists getting pushed out of office and the center-rights returning. The extreme right is just as much a danger as the extreme left -- neither of them have had a successful economy. Let's hope we get a strong swing back here in November...

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