Armin Laschet got off scot-free, while the Social Democrats lost almost half a million votes. The reaction of the party leadership to this is exemplary for the social democratic malaise: loss of reality wherever you look.
The political exegesis of election results is a fine art. Especially when politicians are not on the ballot but are significantly affected by the election result. The North Rhine-Westphalian Prime Minister Armin Laschet recently mastered this discipline with flying colors. Although the CDU lost around 180,000 votes compared to 2014 and achieved the worst result in the post-war period, the local elections in North Rhine-Westphalia are interpreted as a tailwind for the party. The reasons for this: The feared “Corona gossip” for the country father did not materialize, and the approval for the CDU was slightly above the result of the state elections in 2017.