Hungarians everywhere are rejoicing in the victory of Nicholas Sarkozy, son of Hungarian immigrants, in the French Presidentlal election. I know that everybody I talked to a couple of weeks ago in New York was rooting strongly for the "home team," just as they do whenever and wherever Hungarian music is played. Hungarians are very tight and they stick together, no matter what. They even have their own HNN, Hungarian News Network, through which they manage to find out about any event within 200 miles of their location that involves Hungary.
I'm all for Hungarians anywhere. They're a great group. But I can't help wondering what implications Sarko's victory has for female candidates this year, namely the Segolene Royal of America, Hillary Clinton? I don't really know whether you can compare the two contests, but Royal was an attractive, competent candidate, which at least hints at trouble on the horizon for Mrs. Clinton in 2008.