Sebastian Fischer from the CDU is on the way to collect the remainder of his political life. He's a loser, but not the guy, standing there like one. He does not like self-pity. "Life goes on," he says. "What am I supposed to complain about now?" "That would be a democratic decision. Bad mood will spread enough others in the country." Once again he turns with his Fischer-Mobil through Meissen 2, his constituency in Saxony. Many fields, tiny villages, in between peeks out hills behind a small town. Rural area. Fischer prefers to say "home".
Actually, Sebastian Fischer seemed the perfect CDU direct candidate for this corner. Since 2009, he had won his mandate here twice. A stocky guy, tangible and heartfelt, who is also greeted by Hinz and Kunz on this tour. The 37-year-old grew up here and is known as arch-conservative CDUler. A Union hooligan over which even sighed in the own party some, when his sayings once again boasted too much, he flipped too far right and the AfD came suspiciously close. Some were happy to have him. Because he seems to fit in with this area, which was never suspected to choose especially on the left.
Fischer likes to scold "leftwing ideologues who are against healthy patriotism". He also likes to blaspheme at city dwellers, but he would never let anything come to the province, to all the villages that are called here, for example, Skässchen, Stroga or Skaup.
A duel on the extreme right edge
Now he has to rattle them all off to collect his posters from the roadside, one of his final actions as a politician. His place on the CDU list was too far behind. His constituency has taken over the AfD, calculated that actually Sebastian Fischer did not separate much from his AFD counterparty. For months he led in Meißen 2 a political duel on the extreme right edge. It was about the question: how far do you have to go to gain in this corner? Is there any strategy for a victory against the AfD? If so, then Fischer did not find her.
The region is rural but not a dull pampa. There are the usual problems, fewer and fewer doctors, too few shops and bus connections. But Dresdner is only 30 kilometers away, there is the nearby motorway, a lot of solid middle class, little unemployed. "One can not deny that we are here suspended, much has developed in the last few years," says Sebastian Fischer.
He lives on a farm not far from his parents. On Sunday, he sat at home and was relieved when he saw the CDU results in Saxony: 32.1 percent - his party was after all trembling yet again in the first place. In the 2014 state election, there were still 59CDU direct mandates, so almost all, now remained at least 41 left. 15 won the AppD as the second strongest party. "That's not a huge victory for the CDU," says Fischer, "but we got away with a black eye, and at least the roars of the AfD have not become the strongest force."
Eight percentage points behind the AFD competitors
Fischer himself became a loser that night. He had already guessed that things could be scarce. In fact, in the evening, one of the town councils called after him and warned that there were many AfD votes in the counties in the villages. Soon it was official. The constituency Meissen 2 was completely light blue. No single community had voted for Fischer, everywhere had his opponent Mario Beger won by the AfD. Other parties hardly played a role. In the end, it was 40.1 percent for Beger, Fischer was eight percentage points behind him.
How could that happen? Sebastian Fischer knows the day after, while he turns off his posters of fences and in the car, even no real answer. "I've been working a lot, at least I believed that."
He always knew that his fight in the constituency was against the AfD. Actually, Fischer thought he had found a good strategy. Point one on his agenda: To be extremely present, to rummage through the villages for months, to take an example from the CDU's top candidate, MichaelKretschmer, whom he admires a bit. "Kretschmer is an absolute source of power." As much as he works, no ordinary person can do that, he has supernatural powers, but at least I was close. "