If King Ma never Returns… it may not be James Soong’s Fault

Wong Chong Xia (黃創夏) isn’t exactly one of DPP presidential nominee Tsai Ing-wen‘s biggest fans (at least, that isn’t what the following article , written by him and  published by the China Times on Tuesday, would suggest). The China Times (中國時報) itself is considered to be pan-blue-leaning, even if more moderately so than another pro-KMT paper, the United Daily News.

King Ma, the Confident Campaigner

King Ma, the Confident Campaigner

Given the China Times’ (supposedly) moderately pan-blue background, the following article seems to express a lot of frustration with the way incumbent Taiwanese president Ma Ying-jeou‘s re-election campaign is conducted – frustration felt by Wong Chong Xia – the author – himself, and possibly the paper’s frustration, too.

The article was apparently first published as a blogpost, and the headline reads Without Soong Chu-yu, Ma Ying-jeou may still Lose (沒有宋楚瑜,馬英九也會輸).

My translation isn’t doing justice to the original, and input to improve it will be welcome.

[Update – December 10, 2011: the China Times link seems to be broken, but the article is still available here.]

[Main Link: http://news.chinatimes.com/realtime/110101/112011100401672.html]

Preface: Can they only act the  “stooge”, can they only go on and on blaming Song Chu-yu (or James Soong), can they only keep comparing themyourselves to Chen Shui-bian, Taiwan’s worst and most corrupt president, to find that they are “not that rotten after all”, and, proud just like “creditors”, arrogantly believe that the voters should “reciprocate for Ma Ying-jeou’s fairness”, and, like useless little boys, complain – the way  Ma Ying-jeou did to his elder sister Ma Yi-nan after the Morakot disaster -, that “good people weren’t rewarded!” ?? These are the essential reasons for Ma Ying-jeou’s self-destruction.

前言:只會當「跟屁蟲」、只會怪宋楚瑜、只會天天拿自己和台灣史上最糟糕與最腐敗的陳水扁「比不爛」、只會天天像「債主」一樣,驕傲地認為選民應該要「還馬英九公道」、只會像個沒用的小男孩,如同莫拉克風災後,馬英九向馬以南大姐抱怨的「哼,好人沒好報!」???這些,才是馬英九「自毀」的基本原因。

Surprise! Tsai Ing-wen’s shadow is already emerging in Japan, but this time round, King Pu-tsung’s inseparable shadow hasn’t yet been spotted there?

奇怪!蔡英文的身影已經在日本出現了,這一回,怎麼沒有看到金溥聰如影隨形的身影?

That’s the way to do things! Six feet tall and stalwart, full of dignity, well-fed and nothing else to do, rushing in the wake of a woman, she turns east, so does he; the woman turns west, so does he, just like another Deng Tuzi, only a prig demonstrating what a strawbag he is.

這樣才對嘛!六尺昂藏、氣宇軒昂的男人,吃飽沒事幹,緊緊追在一個女子的後面,她往東,男子也往東;女子往西,男子也轉向西,這樣的男人,只像一個「登徒子」,只是一個虛有其表的草包。

Facing the 2012 elections, the two Ying camps [Ma Ying-jeou and Tsai (Y)ing-wen]  are without rhyme or reason, the ruling party with all the advantages on its side, should be in a position to remain calm and composed while handling their affairs. As the opposition is in difficulties in all respects, they [the ruling party, KMT] should be firing on all cylinders. But in Taiwan, the winner chooses the loser’s strategy, in hot pursuit on all fronts, as the loser applies the winner’s strategy, handling things with cool heads.

面對二○一二大選,雙英陣營打的莫名其妙,執政的一方掌握一切優勢,本該好整以暇;在野的一方處處艱困,應該全面出擊。偏偏在台灣,贏家用輸家的打法,處處緊追;輸家用贏家的戰法,時時「冷處理」。

This strategy will become a “self-fulfilling prophecy”. When the rulers self-fulfilling prophecy is a “loser’s pattern”, they won’t gain at the others’ [the opposition’s] expense, but add to [the opposition’s] momentum instead.

這樣的打法,將會變成是一種「自我預言」,當執政一方自我預言是「輸家格局」時,終究討不到便宜,反而拉抬了對手的氣勢。

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Just as it was today! Tsai Ing-wen was the one who looked like the KMT’s “leader” – Tsai gave her opinion, and Ma Ying-jeou “followed right at her bottom”, aping her at every step, like a political Deng Tuzi without convictions of his own. Apart from real hardcore Ma fans, who would still dare to vote for such this a “stooge” without values, who would still vote for Ma Ying-jeou?

如今!蔡英文才比較像是國民黨的「領導者」,蔡英文的意見,馬英九「緊跟蔡英文的屁股後面」,亦步亦趨,只像個沒有信念的「政治登徒子」。除了鐵桿馬迷之外,誰還敢投給這樣一個沒有理念,只是「跟屁蟲」的馬英九?

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More importantly, the pan-blue camp keeps believing that the Soong Chu-yu factor was causing them trouble. Look at the surveys more closely. Ma Ying-jeou’s support rate never exceeds a ten-percent lead over Tsai Ing-wen, and the pan-green camp’s voting rate has always been stronger than the pan-blue camp’s, and past experience shows that when it is a one-on-one race, and the pan-blue camp’s lead isn’t better than ten per cent, it is the loser when the ballots are counted on election night.

更重要的是,泛藍還一直以為是「宋楚瑜因素」在作祟。請詳看諸家民調,馬英九的支持度領先蔡英文都不超過十%,泛綠投票強度一向遠高於泛藍,過去的經驗值,如果一對一競選,泛藍的領先不超過十%,開票那一夜,九成以上是輸家。

Soong Chu-yu isn’t the problem, stupid! Soong is playing a “political werewolf’s” game of schemes and political tricks, acting as the defender of Taiwan’s fruits of democracy – everyone can beat the drum to go on the attack. But even without the Soong factor, Ma Ying-jeou may lose to Tsai Ing-wen, and this is what the “King-Ma command center” should seriously reflect upon.

笨蛋,問題根本不是宋楚瑜!宋楚瑜玩弄選舉,要當一個操弄政治搞權謀與權術的「政治狼人」,為捍衛台灣的民主果實,人人可鳴鼓而攻之。但是,就算沒有宋楚瑜因素,馬英九也可能會輸給蔡英文,才該是「金馬指揮部」該虛心反省之處。

Can the King-Ma command center only act the  “stooge”, can they only go on and on blaming Song Chu-yu (or James Soong), can they only keep comparing themselves to Chen Shui-bian, Taiwan’s worst and most corrupt president, to find that they are “not that rotten after all”, and, proud just like “creditors”, arrogantly believe that the voters should “reciprocate for Ma Ying-jeou’s fairness”, and, like useless little boys, complain – the way  Ma Ying-jeou did to his elder sister Ma Yi-nan after the Morakot disaster -, that “good people weren’t rewarded!” ?? These are the essential reasons for Ma Ying-jeou’s self-destruction.

金馬指揮部只會當「跟屁蟲」、只會怪宋楚瑜、只會天天拿自己和台灣史上最糟糕與最腐敗的陳水扁「比不爛」、只會天天像「債主」一樣,驕傲地認為選民應該要「還馬英九公道」、只會像個沒用的小男孩,如同莫拉克風災後,馬英九向馬以南大姐抱怨的「哼,好人沒好報!」???這些,才是馬英九「自毀」的基本原因。

You people there, smart folks like King Pu-tsung and Ma Ying-jeou, wake up! Let Taiwan see a future with a sense of direction and a sense of responsibility, and you won’t need to remain “Deng Tuzis” behind a woman’s rear, and above all, you won’t need to hide behind Bei-bei Soong’s back where you will only be pitied!

聰明如金溥聰與馬英九,醒醒吧!請讓台灣看到一個「有方向感」與「責任感」的未來,而不要仍是一個跟在婦女背後的「登徒子」,更不要以為躲在「宋杯杯」背後就會被同情!

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Related

» Tsai seeks Ally in Japan, VoA, Oct 4, 2011
» Ma no Persian Cat, August 23, 2011
» Wong Chong Xia’s blog, info

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8 Responses to “If King Ma never Returns… it may not be James Soong’s Fault”

  1. Interesting. However, I find it a bit more troubling that, despite Ma’s terrible record, he still leads in most of the polls. An article I read a few days ago said he was up by 5 in the prediction market. Even Global Views shows him slightly ahead. In other words, while King-Ma may not be running a great campaign, the commentator is overlooking the fact that the DPP is not really doing any better.

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  2. I haven’t read an article or post by Wong Chong Xia before, but my impression is that his political colors are similar to the China Time‘s, but that he is disappointed about the KMT’s campaign. In that case, it would be natural that he is concerned about what he sees as Ma’s “dangerously narrow” lead over Tsai, while Tsai supporters can hardly be satisfied with her trailing behind Ma in the polls. However, if the historic precedents Wong mentioned are indeed there, the KMT has every reason to be worried. My worry is that Tsai may be elected, but will have to work with a Legislative Yuan where the KMT has a commanding majority. Ideally, the DPP should win both the presidential, and the legislative elections. As far as I can see, the KMT has been a rather destructive opposition party during Chen Shui-bian‘s presidency. Then again, I’m pretty sure that Tsai has stronger nerves than Chen – and than Ma, for that matter.

    Another worry of mine is that the DPP is pretty sectarian, at least in some quarters, and those quarters will give Tsai a hard time, even if there should be that ideal election outcome in January. I have no misgivings about Tsai herself. In fact, if things continue the way they are going now, if her cool head prevails, and if the KMT continues to act the kindergarten (or stooge, whatever), people may really begin to look at Tsai as a more natural leader, than Ma. Election campaigns are (character-)testing times, for all the public to see. I’m not surprised that Wong is shocked about the KMT’s “loser pattern” – chasing those who trail them in the opinion polls. Tsai comes across as a pretty steadfast personality.

    I’m just wondering about how many reservations may be there to vote for a woman, rather than for a man. Chong, too, appears to have some gender issues. What do you think?

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  3. I have heard about the gender factor before, but I don’t know enough about it in this case to comment. I think the larger problem with Tsai is that she is bookish. And voters don’t get riled up by bookish candidates. If she had more charisma, the female factor might not be a problem.

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