the baggy trousered misanthropist

missives issued from the lair

Dominique Strauss-Kahn prepares to leave the Monte Carlo Bay Hotel last night. Image: VALERY HACHE/AFP/GettyImages.

You’d imagine that resigning from your job as head of the International Monetary Fund would be enough to assuage those who doubted your veracity when you were accused of raping a chambermaid, wouldn’t you?

But no. Even though the allegations were dropped because the chambermaid was careless enough to be illiterate and an African immigrant, effectively rendering her a non-person, Dominique Strauss-Kahn had to sacrifice his political aspirations too. No one, not even a man of his self-confidence and power could seriously expect to undertake a presidential campaign in his native country without journalists excitedly surfing the tsunami of allegations that follow him in lieu of a wake.

Until recently, Big Dom was able to rely on his wife for comfort and support, but even she’s left him now.

Still, it looks as though he’s just about bearing up, doesn’t it?

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