Encore, Encore!

No phoenix was visible rising from the ashes of his career, but Dominique Strauss-Kahn last week experienced political rebirth by winning a parliamentary seat in a district north of Paris. The victory marked Strauss-Kahn's return to French political life after resigning as Economy and Finance Minister in November 1999 amid suspicions of corruption. With national elections due next year, Strauss-Kahn's campaigning skills and enduring popularity will be valuable to Prime Minister Lionel Jospin's quest to return the Socialists to power.

As Economy Minister, Strauss-Kahn embodied the modern face of the Socialist Party, selling voters — and leftist allies...