Adventures in Socialism

…plucked from first class on a Paris-bound Air France flight that was just about to leave the gate at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

The white-haired, well-dressed, thrice-married father of four was alone when he checked into the luxury Sofitel hotel, not far from Manhattan’s Times Square, on Friday afternoon, police said. It wasn’t clear why he was in New York.

…spacious, $3,000-a-night suite early Saturday afternoon, she thought it was unoccupied.

First class ticket…well dressed…$3,000 a night suite…typical rich, entitled, CEO/Republican/conservative hypoctite caught with his hand in the proverbial cookie jar?

Not quite.

It is the managing director of the International Monetary Fund, an organization that survives on international taxpayer funds and preaches austerity to countries that it lends money to – and he was projected to be the Socialist Party candidate for the French presidency:

Police: IMF head picked out of lineup in sex case

Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s reputation with women earned him the nickname “the great seducer,” and not even an affair with a subordinate could knock the International Monetary Fund leader off a political path pointed in the direction of the French presidency. All that changed with charges that he sexually assaulted a maid in his hotel room, a case that generated shock and revulsion, especially in his home country.

Police said the maid picked Strauss-Kahn out of a lineup. Unless the charges are quickly dropped, they could destroy his chances in a presidential race that is just starting to heat up.

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