What’s With the Czechs?


A bunch of right-wing sites are crowing about a speech by the President of the European Union harshly criticizing President Obama’s Stimulus spending and claiming his policy is paving a “road to hell.”

The Czech Republic currently holds the six month rotating EU presidency. And thus the president is Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek. But is he really Prime Minister? Apparently one of the triggers for Topolanek’s outburst was that fact that just one day earlier the Czech parliament had ousted his government with a no-confidence vote. And his high-profile freak-out was a way to demonstrate his continued relevance.

And remember, with Topolanek’s government tossed into the ash heap of history, that leaves the next decision to Czech President Václav Klaus, who is one of world’s most outspoken global warming deniers, and darling of right-wing websites everywhere. Earlier this month he was the keynote speaker at a big global warming deniers ho-down in New York.

Whatever happened to Vaclav Havel? Can they bring him back?


Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.