One party’s calling, one candidacy or one adhesion are far away from making somebody a political man. However…
What does Marian Munteanu have so special that everybody speaks only about him in the last days, putting him in the public headlines?
And the most important thing, whom or what is Marian Munteanu threatening, as they pretend that he does? Because, isn’t it, all this furious explosion of protests, analysis and ultra-analysis of this character indicates that he is a public enemy.
Suddenly, we discovered that Marian Munteanu seems to have Legionary speech and orientations; that he was observed in the approach of Virgil Magureanu and other political characters; that he is ultra-nationalist and extremist; that he is “the people’s man”, etc. We consider these details to be crucial at this moment, but we completely forgot them when Marian Munteanu was back in force in the public opinion’s attention by his wide and intense presence in Media, which was easy to be noticed since one year ago; or when everybody was talking about his possible candidacy to the Bucharest City Hall; or when his opinions on all the topics were not only pertinent, but valuable too.
Being a post-revolutionary brand, identified in an inspired way with a Messiah of the intellectuality in the University Square in those anarchy suffering moments, a no-chance candidate, but far away to be seen as a ridiculous candidate to the position of the Romanian President, Marian Munteanu became, apparently overnight, the subject to be discussed between two national categories. One of them reactivated Marian Munteanu as the solution not only for Bucharest, but for the whole trend of political class changing. Another one considers Marian Munteanu to consist in the maximum level of fault and danger, by what he might become not as the mayor of Bucharest, but as a socio-political avatar.
Thus, without being malicious, we cannot talk about Marian Munteanu in terms of a candidate, for the simple reason that he is not a candidate. He is only a political simulacrum of something really important that is going to happen. He represents a simulation process which started some time ago, which has the final test on the occasion of launching one of the most important fake political applications, and which will be transformed in very concrete results right after the local elections.
All that Marian Munteanu represented until his submission to PNL was anti-political. PNL motivated its choice as an answer to the Romanian people’s need to see the entrance in politics of the personalities coming from the civil society. We have to admit that it’s a thin reasoning, which couldn’t reduce the huge antipathy of those who were pro-Marian Munteanu until yesterday.
But this is an assumed and perfectly predicted risk, as a necessary step for Marian Munteanu to do, in order for PNL to enter the new politics through the old politics.
And what else could represent a better way for PNL to do it, since it goes through an acute crisis of identity, but also a crisis of leaders? PNL is a party in need of a rebranding and a reformation, according to the current trend and requirements; in fact, all the other parties are.
While PSD has a totally different scenario to reset itself, which is not subject to this analysis, for PNL, which is the symbol of the Romanian right side of the politics, a figure like Marian Munteanu is a projection of the near future liberalism, which is coming in weeks.
I will give some arguments for all the above, because Marian Munteanu cannot be ranked in any political profile (Nota Bene! His anarchist and ultra-nationalist or radical and extremist attributes aren’t political features; they are ideological features, but they are very well adapted to the modern necessity of survival and to his goal). However, we can make Marian Munteanu’s portrait revealing some tones which recommend him more as right-side than left-side oriented.
First of all, he has an intellectual nature and inclination.
Second, the nation becomes an exclusivist matter for him. Marian Munteanu is an intellectual speaking about “the exclusiveness of the national frame”, given that these exclusivist interests represent the Liberals’ ideological basis, instead of capitalist trends. These ideals are the ones related to the joint interests of the exclusive and exclusivist groups.
Marian Munteanu considers the whole nation as an exclusivist club, transforming it into such a thing. And this is what leads him to the Liberal way, and could also lead us to create a new paradigm and a new Liberal entity in Romania. The one of a socio-liberalism belonging to the extreme right.
Could this be the danger that the anti-Marian Munteanu category, which was “spontaneously” created, feels now? And, moreover, who are those politicians of the moment considering that Marian Munteanu is a danger?
One of the Liberal voices, who claim its’ pure Liberal nature, is the one having the most virulent and sarcastic reaction related to the announcement of Marian Munteanu’s candidacy.
(“It seems weird to me the way that PNL acts, proving more and more that its’ leadership crisis is not a false one, but it’s a profound difficulty, a lack of trust in its’ own leaders. (…) PNL quickly goes down and, if it’s going to do it, the party’s future is under the question”.)
Other voices inside PNL are also more and more virulent against Marian Munteanu, and I am sure not because of his candidacy, but because of what they might represent, following to what Marian Munteanu will become.
In the end, following the same pattern, I would like to go further in the matter of the Liberal transformation in Romania, wondering why Adriana Saftoiu was rejected for the candidacy to Bucharest City Hall, although she initially accepted to compete, and instead of her Marian Munteanu was preferred? Could this be only a way to let her being untainted, in order to have a complete feminine side of the Liberal future?