“We wanted to know whether everyone was keeping to the party line, and we got ourselves a few moles”. This sentence from János Áder not only gives good insight into his bizarre sense of humor, but it also refers to those MPs who decided not to support László Sólyom in the 2005 presidential election. Mr. Áder was not really concerned by the fact that he not only humiliated his fellow MPs, but also the candidate of his own party. The important thing was to get Mr. Sólyom elected. Anything else was beside the point. And, as befitting a good soldier, he will not be concerned now that he has to move from Brussels to Budapest to become the next president of Hungary. An order is an order. He will not be concerned by the fact that the reputation of the presidential office is already in tatters, or that he can’t even remotely represent the unity of the nation. He will not be concerned that, just like his predecessor, he will be a tool in his boss’ hands, used only to sign legislations which will further entrench the power of Fidesz. Why would he be? He is a good soldier, and as such, his good services surely won’t remain unrewarded. Unfortunately, this soldier doesn’t have his own story to tell because he doesn’t have a life of his own. Only if he had said no to the new justice legislation, which is being picked apart in Brussels, he could have made all the difference. Alas, he chose to soldier on. Perhaps the only good thing to come out of this sorry saga is that Mr. Áder won’t be as painfully embarrassing as his predecessor was.