Last weekend's European Parliament and British local county council elections were not only a victory for the center-right over the center-left but also, more significantly, an indication of the growing rejection of the past 60 years of denationalized and consolidating European history. They were, particularly, a sharp assertion by many indigenous Europeans that they will not put up with losing their culture to overly assertive Muslims or other immigrants.
The latter point was made most emphatically by the voters of the Netherlands, Hungary, Finland, Britain, Austria, Denmark and Italy.
In the Netherlands, Geert Wilders' anti-Islamist, libertarian Freedom Party received 17 percent of the vote and four of 25 Dutch seats in the European Parliament. In Hungary, the center-right Fidesz Party trounced the Socialists (56-17 percent). The government-aligned Liberals were eliminated, with 2 percent of the vote, while the anti-immigrant, hard-right Jobbik won 15 percent of the vote and three seats in the European Parliament. Jobbik's leader, Gabor Vona, claimed that the "national front" was born Sunday and that they would "take to the streets" to urge early national elections.
In Austria, two anti-immigrant parties took an unprecedented 17.7 percent of the vote. The hard-right Danish People's Party won two seats in the European Parliament, with 14.4 percent of the vote. In Italy, the anti-immigrant Northern League gained more than 10 percent.
In Finland, the anti-immigrant, Euro-skeptic True Finns Party garnered 10 percent of the national vote (up from 0.5 percent in 2004), while its leader, Timo Soini, received 130,000 votes -- the most of any candidate from any party. The True Finns have been talking openly about the problems mass immigration has brought to Finland, and in a breakthrough, the current prime minister, the Centre Party's Matti Vanhanen, has admitted publicly that bringing up those problems cannot be construed as racist.
Blankley, who had been suffering from stomach cancer, died Saturday night at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, his wife, Lynda Davis, said Sunday.
In his long career as a political operative and pundit, his most visible role was as a spokesman for and adviser to Gingrich from 1990 to 1997. Gingrich became House Speaker when Republicans took control of the U.S. House of Representatives following the 1994 midterm elections.