Latina, the center-left wins. The turnaround and the chronic vices of the center-right

Coletta’s turnaround, which started from a 13 percentage point disadvantage compared to the direct opponent in the first round and ended with a 10 percentage point advantage over Zaccheo in the runoff, lends itself to multiple interpretations, the first of which is all in weakness. of the center-right that was unable to capitalize on 53% of the consensus collected a fortnight ago, nor did it recover the gap recorded between that performance and the 48% obtained by the candidate for mayor, a gap attributed to the exchange vote.

From the numbers that came out of the polls yesterday, there is something more than the exchange vote that weighed on the resounding defeat of Vincenzo Zaccheo: how many of the votes that had brought him close to an affirmation in the first round are attributable only to the candidates of the center right? Translated, how many center-right voters in the first round did not cross the name of Zacchaeus, limiting themselves to indicating on the ballot paper only the name of the councilor of reference? Not having “read” that figure has probably induced large moderate voters to enjoy a “safe” percentage and sleep soundly while Coletta’s team beat the territory inch by inch in search of catching up. And there is also a bet that the “friendly fire” of the first round, yesterday and the day before yesterday, was added, manifesting itself in all its scope, the weakness of Vincenzo Zaccheo’s candidacy, which arrived very late and badly digested not only by an important share of the moderate electorate, but also by a significant part of the major candidates of the parties of the center-right coalition. All this, that is the defeat given by Coletta to Zacchaeus, cannot be ascribed only to the weakness of the loser, above all because the candidacy of Vincenzo Zaccheo, who brought 10% of the overall consensus expressed in the first round to the coalition, was taken to loan from the three parties Lega, Fratelli d’Italia and Forza Italia, as the best of the feasible solutions to face the administrative vote in Latina. In reality, the leaders of the three parties were well aware of the risk they would run, but no one, from Calandrini to Fazzone and Durigon, took the responsibility of putting their feet up and also running the risk of breaking the center-right in order to make room for candidacies of Giovanna Miele or Alessandro Calvi, candidacies in turn opposed by a compact group within the Brothers of Italy who would have instead wanted to impose the name of Matilde Celentano. But the responsibility for this debacle lies above all with Claudio Durigon, because fundamentally his was the management of the candidacy of the center-right, hasty in the ways and ruinous in the times, even those wrong. Amen.

As for the winner, for the second time Damiano Coletta treasures the errors and weaknesses of the center-right, and this does not diminish the significance of his affirmation at the polls, even if it is, as it happened, an affirmation supported in a decisive manner by the Democratic party, and openly and strongly supported by moderate sectors that refer to members of a right now anti-Zacchaeian. And perhaps, we will see it later, even for a part of the same center-right coalition. But yesterday’s result is not a blow in the sponge on the five years lost during the entire council just dubbed, and the main question now is the following: Coletta will understand that the time has come to change team and method of play, or will he quit. this vote more convinced than before to be the best possible mayor? Mezza Latina has forgiven him for mistakes, naivety, inexperience, closures, pride and arrogance, but he will hardly want to see him still barricaded in the fort in Piazza del Popolo with his magic circle, because what the citizens demand of him is that he be the mayor of Latina and not the mayor of Lbc, as he did until yesterday. Of course, the moment is very complicated, because Coletta returns to the council chamber with the office of mayor but with the numbers of the opposition. Paradoxically, it could be precisely this weakness that turns out to be its trump card if it is able to grasp the authentic meaning of the result of the vote, that of the first round and that of the second round. What sense and what lesson? The city is governed by involving and calling the community to a common effort, not rejecting and raising barriers. And if the rule applies to citizens, the same will have to be in the City Council, perhaps already ready to embrace. Greetings to the new mayor. We start where we left off.