“Why not try Le Pen? Macron won’t do anything for us. He’s just twisting and turning like a flag in the wind,” she added.Macron is a sort of boring centrist who has no grand ideas, but gets the support of the French elite as someone who at least understands economics and wants to remain in the EU. The response from this ordinary voter is, if the establishment has nothing to offer but more of the same, why not try a radical change? Why not try someone who seems to believe in something?
This sort of thinking is an ever-present danger to democracy. My sons expressed similar sentiments last Fall, which led me to give them a little lecture about Venezuela: just because things aren't great doesn't mean they can't get a whole lot worse.