Koizumi seems to have achieved more than what he planned. In this regard it’s interesting to hear what he said about his party:
„We destroyed the old LDP, and the LDP became like a new party“.
Like Schröder he also went directly to people to test his acceptance in the population. Quite intelligently he tried to attract women voters by putting topics like the declining child rate on the agenda and by nominating several women for his new LDP. Update: For a critical regard on Koizumi, read Karel von Wolferen’s With Koizumi at the Theatre (via Joi).
Now the question:
How long will it take till the swiss FDP will follow the „destroy and renew“ programm?