Daddy Issues

So you think Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, and Hillary Clinton have problems with family members who might say or do things that complicate their presidential campaigns? They have no problems compared to Marine Le Pen (per a report from Reuters):

France’s National Front leader Marine Le Pen urged her father Jean-Marie to withdraw from political life and said she would begin disciplinary proceedings against him over repeated comments that had harmed efforts to broaden her party’s appeal.

The 86-year-old founder of the far-right party, who last week defended a past comment that Nazi gas chambers were a “detail of history”, was quoted on Tuesday as calling France’s Spanish-born Prime Minister Manuel Valls “the immigrant” and defending Philippe Petain, leader of the war-time government that cooperated with Nazi Germany.

In what has become an increasingly bitter family feud, Marine Le Pen and her aides believe her father is undermining her efforts to rid the anti-immigrant party of its anti-Semitic image and widen its voter appeal as she readies a bid for the presidency in 2017.

Guess there’s an old guard that likes to get together and sing the drinking songs of the Vichy era.

Jean-Marie Le Pen still holds the title of honorary president of the party, from which other officials have been expelled for racism.

He is popular with many members and had been expected to stand as a candidate in December’s regional elections, something his daughter said she was now opposed to.

Yeah, Ron Paul’s a piker when it comes to raining on the next generation’s parade.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.