Steve McQueen in the movie The King of the Game lets go of one of his colleagues in the poker game: "You have paid to see my cards, the lessons are separate." Pedro Sánchez announced at eleven in the morning yesterday that he was calling the elections in view of the results of the municipal and regional elections held on Sunday. It was an unexpected appearance, without journalists and, therefore, without questions. It was another way of saying that he was showing the cards, but that he was not going to explain his strategy. That, as a political lesson, went apart from his speech.
After the victory of the right, which anticipated changes in the Government of Spain, Sánchez recovered the initiative and in a risky exercise of audacity announced the dissolution of the Cortes and the call for elections on July 23, with the Spanish presidency of the EU on going. With this he achieved several things: that the right wing stopped rejoicing with his victory, that the socialist barons who have been dethroned cannot sharpen their knives, that Podemos and Sumar abandon their differences if they do not want to disappear from the political map, that the socialists rearm without the crisis making a dent in their spirit and that the parties that have put up with the Government have no doubts that there is an opportunity to turn the situation around.
The president has caught everyone off guard and today the news in the media is no longer the result of Sunday but Sánchez's bet for double or nothing. We are going, then, to a second round, where the left can correct the shot, although it will not be easy. Similarly, the right should do more than repeat the discourse of anti-Sanchism. Sánchez does not cling to power, on the contrary, he tackles his defense bare-chested. The movement alters the game board.
The president will like him more or less, but no one can deny his courage. He has shown himself to be a master of audacity, although Napoleon warned that with her you can try everything, which does not mean that you can achieve everything. But Pedro Sánchez is not going to throw his credit overboard. He has taken this swerve to win, not to sink. At the moment, he has taken them all out of their comfort zone.