Viktor Orban’s Election Is Not a Win for Putin or a Loss for Zelensky and NATO, It Is a Win for Hungary – Opinion

Viktor Orban, the Hungarian president, won an overwhelming win and was elected to his fourth term. With six center-left parties united in a single opposition bloc, Orban won 53% of the vote–increasing his majority by four percentage points and a sufficient majority in the Hungarian national assembly to impose changes to the Hungarian constitution.

Fidesz has a chance to win 135 out of the 199 national assembly seats, an increase of two votes over its 2018 victory. The ruling coalition’s performance was almost four points better than the results of previous parliamentary elections based on national party lists. Fidesz received 53.01% to 49.27% four year ago.

“We have won a victory so great that it can be seen from the moon, but certainly from Brussels!” Orbán told supporters in his victory speech on Sunday (3 April) evening.

The turnout was high (69.54%) but below historical records (70.22%), and the six-party united opposition, which included socialists social-democrats greens liberals conservatives, as well as the Social-Democrats and the Greens, won 35.04% votes from national lists.

In the country’s mixed electoral system that allocates 106 seats to single-member constituencies, the opposition coalition is set to win 56 mandates.

The only other party to reach the 5% electoral threshold was the far-right nationalist Our Homeland (Mi Hazánk) with 6.17%Receiving 7 MPs. Imre Ritter (German minority representative) was awarded one preferential seat. He is considered to have a lean in the favour of the ruling Party.

For more information, see Hungarian Elections Send the Left into Fits of Rage

Orban made more waves after his victory when he proclaimed victory over six enemies: 1) The “left” at home, 2) The “international left” abroad, 3) The Brussels bureaucrats, 4) George Soros, 5) The international MSM, and  6) Zelensky.

Orban’s comment about winning over Zelensky got the most headlines, naturally generating overheated headlines like this; Viktor Orban, Hungary’s authoritarian leader and key Putin ally, calls Zelensky an ‘opponent’ after winning reelection, in the failed cable news network CNN’s online blog. Because of that, let me talk for a second about Orban’s victory over the first five.

In a joint effort to defeat Orban, six opposition parties with the support of the West’s center-left allies ran together. He emerged stronger. The best argument the losing coalition can come up with is “it wasn’t a level playing field.”

“The 3 April parliamentary elections and referendum were well administered and professionally managed but marred by the absence of a level playing field,” the international election observation mission said in preliminary conclusions published Monday afternoon.

“Contestants were largely able to campaign freely, but while competitive, the campaign was highly negative in tone and characterized by a pervasive overlap between the ruling coalition and the government,” the mission found.

“The lack of transparency and insufficient oversight of campaign finances,” according to the observers, “further benefited the governing coalition” while “bias and lack of balance in monitored news coverage and the absence of debates between major contestants significantly limited the voters’ opportunity to make an informed choice.”

You are puffing plane glue if you believe that transparency in campaign finance has hurt Orban. George Soros and the do-gooder non-governmental organizations that stalk the globe f***ing up countries where they don’t live would find any holes in the system funnel in money to defeat Orban.

Apparently, Reuters has never witnessed an election in the United States where all major broadcast networks, major media, social media, and cable news channels (except one) give fawning coverage to the Democrat candidate, push fake scandals concocted by the Democrats (like the Russia Hoax which the FEC has fined the Clinton campaign over), and suppress real scandals like Hunter Biden’s laptop documents.

Orban also promoted a variety of referenda.

The lesson here is very much like the data coming out of Florida; see Ron DeSantis Wins Again as Poll of Florida Dems on Parental Rights Bill Shatters Fake Narratives, Tulsi Gabbard Triggers Leftists With Excellent Suggestion for Florida on Parental Rights Law, and The Silent Majority Is Far Bigger Than the Woke Crowd, Don’t Let Them Intimidate You. People don’t like sexual deviants and pedophile groomers involved in the care or education of their children. Orban was elected with 53%, while all referenda got at least 92%. There was also a lesson to be learned from Hungary, which matches the 2016 and 2020 lessons (discounting vote fraud and judicial interference in the voting process).

We hope that the GOP will learn from these two lessons by 2024.

Bingo. Orban was able to utterly defeat his five most hated enemies.

Russia’s lawless invasion of Ukraine has put Orban in an uncomfortable position. Orban seems to be trying to make Hungary a link between the East and West. Hungary is an EU member as well as NATO. He has good relations with Russia. He supports sanctions against Russia. Because Hungary relies on Russian gas, he is refusing to support sanctions against Russia. He has provided humanitarian assistance to Ukraine and is currently sheltering around 140,000 Ukrainian refugees. He has supported Zelensky’s demand that Russia respects Ukraine’s territorial integrity. He refuses to ship weapons to Ukraine, or allow arms shipments from Ukraine to pass through Hungary. It is more a matter of looks than anything. Zelensky accuses Orban, however, of standing in Europe’s way. Zelensky is correct. However, Orban is Hungary’s prime minister, not Europe. The voters also agreed that they want things to remain the same.

There are claims that Hungary is Russia’s sockpuppet inside of NATO. NATO must act as necessary if this is true. NATO and the EU can be seen as a voluntary alliance of sovereign sovereign states that have sovereign interests. They do not consist of a bunch of client countries that are ruled by the US in NATO or Germany in EU. NATO or the EU need to let everybody know if they wish to modify that model. Hungary, to date, seems to have met its NATO obligations as well as Germany, and labeling Orban a Putin ally because he doesn’t see any percentage in getting involved in a fight that doesn’t help Hungary strikes me as bizarre and contrived.


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