Gorbachev to start political party

Chris Jackson/Getty Images I see that former Soviet leader Mikheil Gorbachev is starting his own political party in Russia. Tentative name: the Independent Democratic Party. Gorbachev is widely respected abroad, but in case you are wondering whether he will present any sort of real challenge to Vladimir Putin and his United Russia party, imagine Jimmy Carter ...

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I see that former Soviet leader Mikheil Gorbachev is starting his own political party in Russia. Tentative name: the Independent Democratic Party.

Gorbachev is widely respected abroad, but in case you are wondering whether he will present any sort of real challenge to Vladimir Putin and his United Russia party, imagine Jimmy Carter trying to lead a new political movement and you’ll get the general idea. In fact, Carter is probably more popular: When Gorby ran for president in 1996, he got less than 1 percent of the vote. Russia could certainly use a real opposition, but Gorbachev will likely just give democracy and freedom a bad name.

Maybe he should stick to Louis Vuitton ads.

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