Anyone who wishes to understand the fundamentals of political business should pay attention not only to those who emphasized something yesterday and refuses to know more about it today, but also to those who respond to it. In November 2019, for example, Olaf Scholz had run for the SPD party chairmanship – albeit from a different era – after previously rejecting all considerations in this direction. And what does? Kevin Kuhnert, whose unequal relationship with Scholz in the fourth installment of the series documentation Kevin Kuhnert and the SPD well occupied? Happy makes the U-turn effortlessly with you. Scholz “stands for something unmistakable,” he praises. He then helps the left-wing duo Saskia Esken and Norbert Walter-Borjans to become party chairman of the SPD. And Scholz goes down.
There are things you would wish differently in Katharina Schiele and Lucas Stratmann’s NDR six-part series, for example one or two episodes less. On the other hand, what comes out very clearly and almost terrifyingly is Kevin Kühnert’s enormous strategic talent. Three years, from October 2018 to the memorable September 2021 – the series was only allowed afterwards Bundestag election The two filmmakers accompanied the then Juso chairman, later SPD deputy chairman and current member of the Bundestag Kühnert.
What you see: a not very tall, rather chubby young man
You’ve seen him making hundreds of phone calls, texting and giving interviews, eating a potato salad with the Jusos in Trier and smoking, smoking over and over: a short, plump young man who pulls his shirt over his pants and knows exactly how he takes the debate up and down again.
The one who mobilized against the Groko was brutal, the one in one Time-Interview talked about “collectivization” who is not afraid of the word “socialism” or the word “power”. The FAZ called him “election fear”, the mirror wrote about the “Kühnert explosive unit”. Kühnert prefers not to be seen by Franz Müntefering at Berlin Central Station. Once at the office, Kühnert reported, almost surprised, that he was bullied twice on his way to work. the SPD then leaned towards the single digit.
Hubertus Heil once said during an argument: “There are too many microphones here.”
You see a restless man, but not a berserk. At the height of the allegations against party leader Andrea Nahles, he said he didn’t need an interview because it was all about “personal shit”. On the other hand, with moments like these, the film gives exactly the impression that Kühnert undoubtedly wants to create. Katharina Schiele and Lucas Stratmann do not show him at internal meetings. When Kühnert and the Jusos argue with Hubertus Heil at a packed party congress about lifting sanctions for violations by Hartz IV receivers, Heil says: “There are too many microphones here for me.”
At best, you get a sense of how politics is made, and judging by the landscape, it’s a joyless thing. Drafty balconies, bare offices, meeting rooms of disarming nakedness. When Kühnert applied for the presidency as party vice-chairman, he degenerated into a very emotional speech, performed a trick with a red sock (right slander from the left) and a blue sock (the true character of the right), then literally ripped off the comrades from the seats with the promise that the party can once again broadcast what it deserves to broadcast, if, yes, if only those who “hold the future in their hearts” but stick together. When Kühnert hands over the presidency of Juso, tears well up in him. But that was it again with the big emotions.
Until, yes, until this fall of course. The appeal of this long-running documentation lies in the fact that a week and a half ago the perspective was so completely reversed that the veteran SPD writers should think at least as much as Armin Laschet. Kühnert conducted an ironclad election campaign for Scholz, which he seriously described as the “power bar” of the election. Now you see him next to Hubertus Heil, who both made it to the Bundestag, Kühnert, born in West Berlin, for the Berlin constituency of Tempelhof-Schöneberg. “Considering where we started,” he tells Heil. And looks straight into the camera. Even at this point, the film comes as close to Kevin Kühnert as Kevin Kühnert wants.
“Kevin Kühnert and the SPD”, ARD media library and at midnight on the NDR.