In Advance Of The IMF Conclave, Here Are The Economist's Odds For The Next Head Candidate

Tyler Durden's picture

The Economist has stolen InTrade's thunder on the matter of IMF head odds and has compiled a list of the most likely candidates to take over for DSK, whose entire world has come crashing down in the span of a few minutes. This particular selection process may be more complex than usual, as it will see non-European countries vying for representation, as well as the possibility of PR damage control of having a woman, Christine Lagarde, on top. What is certain is that no matter who ends up standing when the conclave is over and white smoke is released, Mohamed El-Erian will be again correct: the process will high on pomp, even higher on Feudal traditions, and lacking in any true significance. From the Economist: "The head of the IMF has traditionally been a European, but calls from emerging countries to break with this unwritten rule, which they consider unfair, have been growing louder in the aftermath of the Strauss-Kahn imbroglio. But Europe seems unwilling to give up the privilege of having one of its own at the top of the IMF, particularly at a time when the IMF’s main job is crafting bail-out packages for euro-area countries. Here are some of the people viewed to be plausible contenders to replace Mr Strauss-Kahn, and the odds on their getting the top job according to William Hill, a British bookmaker. A win for a non-European would be a first for the IMF, as would the appointment of Christine Lagarde, who would be the first woman to head the organisation."

h/t John Lohman

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philgramm's picture

Which  deranged sociopath is most worthy?

Id fight Gandhi's picture

I think being Jewish is the top requirement.

Probably followed by the willingness to fuck people over, willing or not.

johngerard's picture

how about just a willingness to fuck people? it appears that's how DSK go the job...

john39's picture

think you covered the second requirement in the first.

Zero Govt's picture

wild guess, he'll be ex Goldman Sucks (like the new ECB head)

NWO playing 'Snap!' across the Atlantic (hilarious chaps they are)

masterinchancery's picture

Gordon Brown is a deranged socialistpath, is that good enough?

StychoKiller's picture

100 Quatloos on the youngest!  (or double-00, whichever comes first!) :>D

Ray1968's picture

I vote for Gordon Brown. Damn... I don't get a vote.

FOC 1183's picture

It's pronounced "GGGGGGorddon BBBrown" in first person

morph's picture

IT could happen. They IMF will probably like him as he sold all our gold to them at millenium lows.

EscapeKey's picture

Yeah, he only completely fucked up the British economy, why not the world next?

smlbizman's picture

i'm taking king congie at 20-1

NOTW777's picture

how about obiden. he knows how to get of debt by spending more

FunkyMonkeyBoy's picture

Pre-requiste No.1: Must be jewish. Filter the list above accordingly.

Id fight Gandhi's picture

So who does that narrow it down to? I don't care enough to look it up.

Coke and Hookers's picture

You can also filter by Bilderberg membership.

Aquiloaster's picture

No candidates from Zimbabwe? I am not satisfied that any of these candidates have the requisite experience for what may be coming if they are not Zimbabewan or Argentine. Or, maybe if we want only European candidates, we will need to start searching German retirement homes for Weimar veterans.

Urban Redneck's picture

Actually Gideon Gono could pick up the partially gold back SDR right where DSK left off and really make Bernanke stammer at his next press conference.  Too bad European bankers don't have better sense of humor and irony.

alien-IQ's picture

a little off topic but what the hell:

Where were DSK's bodyguards during this shit? Or is he the only financial big wig on earth that doesn't have any bodyguards?

AntiMort's picture

Carney is ex Goldman.  There should be another column for the bank they use to work for.  You could then cross out anybody that's not an ex banker.

lizzy36's picture

Carney is ex goldman, harvard and euro educated.

He would be a good choice. Which means he will never be picked.

buzzsaw99's picture

It will be difficult to find another qualified rapist on such short notice.

Vuvuzela's picture

Prediction : Stanley Fisher

who wanna bet 100 barnakes on this ?

Infinite QE's picture

How about a lesbo? Napolitano? 

buzzsaw99's picture

How about Jacques the Ripper?

faustian bargain's picture

G-Pap would be the dark horse, I guess.

samsara's picture

So how do we know when they chose a new one?

Will there be white smoke or black smoke?

(with or without mirrors)

AldoHux_IV's picture

What's in a list as crappy as this would still smell as crappy if were to be a list of anybody else the MSM annoints.

lsbumblebee's picture

I have no problem with having a woman on top.

JohnG's picture

Please someone who reads French look at this site and confirm whether or not this is the alleged victim's name:


buzzsaw99's picture

I can't read it but yahoo! was reporting that they did indeed print the victim's name in the press. In France they protect the perp and villify the victim.

JohnG's picture

Supposed to have been posted on as well.

And yeah, frogs suck.  Bad latin spoken through the nose annoys the shit out of me.

Problem Is's picture

They are reporting the vicitm as:

Nafissatou Diallo

And according Ghana-nation News 1... DSK has good taste:

Nafissatou Diallo, maid assaulted by IMF Chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn

johngerard's picture

Do you think that the doctors should play this to DSK?


AgShaman's picture

Christine Lagarde should not be allowed as a possible candidate. Too long have Keebler/Woodland Elves and Roaming Gnomes held a monopoly on positions in Central Banking. I'm sure Timmy the "G" would love to have a race related comrade in Christine to garner the position and bring more power to elves around the world....but that should not be allowed. It's time for some fresh blood in the power base of Central Banking....hell, get a Vulcan in there....or some such creature from the outer reaches of the solar system.

magpie's picture

Gideon Gono, or if it's BYO gold, then Q-Daffy.

Frank N. Beans's picture

i think it's time to give the head to a woman.

Franken_Stein's picture


Let Daniel Cohn-Bendit run it.


1. He is Jewish.

2. He is European.

3. He is bearing a hyphenated double name as surname.


So he's having all 3 credentials it takes to fill that post.

Problem solved.


SoNH80's picture

And he's a French/German/"stateless" Socialist!  And a sex pervert!  BINGO!

While Fischer was more concerned with demonstrations, Cohn-Bendit worked in the Karl-Marx-Buchandlung bookshop and ran a kindergarten (of children between two and five years old). Later in 2001 he was accused of paedophilia. This accusation was grounded on the following citation from his 1975 book Le Grand Bazar,[1]: "On several occasions certain kids would open my fly and start to stroke me. I reacted differently according to circumstances, but their desire posed a problem for me. I asked them: 'Why don't you play together? Why have you chosen me, and not the other kids?' But if they insisted, I caressed them still.[2][3]"

Bam_Man's picture

Christine LaGarde.

She look-a-like a woman but talk-a-like a man.

Ted K's picture

Looks like a woman???  I'm assuming she reminds you of your Grandma???

Practical Irrationality's picture

BenB isn't on that list? Who, other than Mugabe, is more qualified in the field of creating and managing currency and debt in our current world?  Imagine Ben managing SDR's.

Ted K's picture

The half Sephardic half Ashkenazi Jew raping American hotel workers and French journalists.  I thought the WW2 history documented these people as timid souls????  Give me some feedback people.

AgShaman's picture

I can't....the Talmud-Vision has my eyeballs locked up in tractor beam mode currently....

....I'll have to get back to you when they take a break from my re-programming

silberblick's picture

If you haven't read it yet here's an article speculating whether or not DSK was framed:

silberblick's picture

First Dominique-Strauss Kahn, now Hugo Salinas Price fearful something will happen to him next:

Fraud-Esq's picture

Not buying. 

They always have "power in their crosshairs" right after they're accused. But, before then,they serve it. He wasn't a socialist or a communist. He was a Socialist Banker promoted by zionists and bankers and The Economist for one specific purpose. To take over the unruly French Socialist Party, on the rise. 

He's was a ringer.