Hung Hsiu-chu responds to the KMT's bid to oust her as their presidential nominee: "The KMT is doomed without me, I tells ya. DOOOOMED!"
In her first reaction to the decision...Hung said it would take the party into a different kind of danger. If the party used an abnormal method to execute an erroneous interpretation, it would lose all the trust of the people and the “big KMT building” would collapse in one day, she said in a statement. [Emphasis added]
On her Facebook page, Hung argued that the KMT was shooting itself in the foot:
...she said that attempts to replace her were tantamount to “destroying the system and discrediting the party.” She predicted that “those suffering the most will be the party itself and those running (for legislative seats) on the KMT ticket.”
Well, the KMT has been around a hundred years, and the Foreigner doubts that even the ill-fated 2 1/2 month campaign of Hung Hsiu-chu is enough to drive a stake though its heart.
(Though we can always hope.)
However, Hung is correct that the KMT will take some kind of hit in terms of public opinion, and this is already being borne out. But then, this desperate measure is an exercise in damage control, NOT in damage avoidance.
Nearly six out of 10 voters disagree with the Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) plan to oust Deputy Legislative Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱) as its presidential candidate, according to a survey released by the Cross-Strait Policy Association (CSPA) yesterday, with nearly 70 percent saying KMT Chairman Eric Chu (朱立倫) would not win the election even if he manages to squeeze out Hung. [Emphasis added]