A Short Political Terminology (and Ideology) Test (French Elections Edition)
If you read a blog post or column that is freaked out that a Socialist(!) has won the presidency in France or that a given author thinks that it is extremely telling that Obama has invited Hollande to visit the White House, the following may be true:
a. The writer in question is likely not well versed in French politics (or, really, in politics outside the US).
b. The writer may not really understand what a socialist is, especially in context (a common malady, I will admit).
c. They may have forgotten that France is a key US ally.