Starting point for the Reconquista

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Madrid already has a president, and she has swept the polls. The traditional version of Spanish nationalism and Madrid neoliberalism, which defies pandemics and disregards social cohesion, has clearly won in the polls. Isabel Díaz Ayuso will have an absolute majority with the far-right without even considering the democratic orthodoxy of coalition partners. Madrid DF, the black hole that absorbs state resources to the detriment of what one day could have been a federalising state, has today become the bastion for a Reconquista of a unitarian, homogeneous and right-wing Spain. The PP and Vox have gobbled up Ciudadanos after Rivera left it at death's door and Madrid voters understood that it has never been a party of the centre. Ayuso's victory boosts Pablo Casado and consolidates him on the right of the political spectrum, as he has made clear on the balcony of the headquarters of the PP's HQ, today for sale. Ayuso's Madrid is Spain within Spain, and Casado has already made it clear that he interprets the results in Madrid as "a motion of censure" against Sánchez, and the Madrid government as the starting point for the fight against the Socialist and Podemos coalition and, by extension, against their Catalan and Basque nationalist partners in the Spanish parliament. Ayuso has given Casado breathing space and leaves the PSOE on the ropes. Sánchez is left with no more partners than those who scare him so much because they demand reforms, while the right becomes stronger in its worst version.