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[Opinion] Primary by Pointing Fingers And Accusations.

Posted March. 30, 2002 08:40,   


Primary of MDP will be held at Gyongnam and Jeonbuk province today and tomorrow.

It has entered the middle stage as primary of 6 provinces was over by last weekend among 16 provinces.

However, we are discouraged as they said the result is obvious as if it is over.

Then why do they conduct the primary, if the result is sure?

By the way whether candidate Rhee In-Je got angry, saying ¡° should I serve the primary, which is useless as helper? ¡° was reasonable or not, would be judged this weekend by votes.

Seeing candidate Rhee giving up primary might be difficult to lead surprising results.

He might have thought to give up after deep thinking, otherwise why did frontrunner try to break the situation?

Let us look back at previous primary (omission of title of honor.)

Jeju primary on 9th March .Han Hwa-gap was the first followed by Rhee In Je second and Roh Moo-Hyun, third.

The comprehensive analysis was as the province was small Han Hwa-gap`s voters got the power.

Ulsan Primary on 10th March.

First Roh Moo-Hyun, Next Kim Jung-Kwon, and Rhee In-Je- third.

We can recognize that regionalism operated as candidate from Youngnam province stood first and second.

Gwanju Primary on 16th March.

Roh Moo-Hyun first, Rhee In-Je second, and Han Hwa-Gap third.

The trouble is expected from here.

Roh Moo-Hyun from Youngnam province stood first in Gwang-Ju!

We could hear the sound of `Gwangju is great`.

They said it opened `historical page` of unification between the east and the west.

Of course we don`t have to miserly endow such meaning.

However, if we see more closely, we can make out that it was `strategic choice of Gwangju`.

Strategic choice of Gwangju means that let`s support `a rival horse` who has high possibility to defeat candidate Lee Hoi-Chang of GNP in final election, and they thought that Roh Moo-Hyun would be better than Rhee In-Je.

According to the result of research that was reported ahead of Gwangju primary, we can easily estimate that `surprising news` like in case of competing with Lee Hoi-Chang, Roh Moo-Hyun is stronger than Rhee In-Je could exert big influence for strategic choice of Gwangju.

However, if we see the result, Roh Moo-Hyun got only 104 votes more than Rhee In-Je. (Ratio of poll was 37.9 percent to Roh Moo-Hyun and 31.3 percent to Rhee In-Je).

For Rhee In-Je, who believed to win surely, was a shock, however if we see the viewpoint of strategic choice of Gwangju, it can be analyzed that potential of Rhee In-Je was quite high.

If we choose one thing for `plotting theory`, when Rhee In-Je was defeated by Roh Moo-Hyun by 7 votes at Kangwon (24th March), we can point out Kim Jung-Kwon`s resignation, who stood third on the very next day.

Because, as Kim Jung-Kwon withdrew his nomination, TK votes can go to Roh Moo-Hyun mostly.

However, if `plotting theory` wants to be persuasive it should be somehow concrete.

It is difficult to presume it, only saying, ¡° if there is smoke, the fire must be somewhere and if there is shadow, there is reality¡°.

`Overreaction` of Roh Moo-Hyun also arouses frown.

No matter how expecting marks come out, finishing of primary is still far.

However, Roh M.H thinks that candidate is chosen already.

Saying about political reformation is too early.

The way is also like that. It meant that he will make the body big bringing people from GNP who have `a mind of MDP`, however, in this case, how about people of MDP who have ` a mind of GNP`?

No matter what the excuse is, artificial political reformation is to ignore people`s mind and to distort it.

The stage for the primary has shifted to the ideological dispute of Roh-Rhee.

We don`t have to dissuade them.

The more there is thorough verification of the ideology of the one who wants to be the President of one country is good.

However, I hope that they do not follow `negative game` which is pointing fingers at each other , but `positive game` saying ¡° my opinion is like this, how about your opinion? ¡°.


Jeon Jin-Woo (editorial writer)