>>>in Bavaria your education is closely tied with your social (read: money) status.
Oh come on, this is simply not true: Abitur (or even a university degree) for everybody is an ideological utopia.
People have different intellectual abilities, they must get the appropriate education. I´ve seen too many kids drop out of the Gymnasium because overambitious parents wanted them to have Abitur, no matter what - after lost years, which would have been better spent at Real- or Hauptschule.
In order to not stray off-topic too much: remember that the absolute number of votes for the CSU remained basically unchanged. So it´s not that much of a victory for them, rather a defeat for the SPD. It´s really a shame to have a 50-something percentage of participation.
I just hope the CDU
/CSU won´t draw the wrong conclusions from this, namely letting Stoiber run for Chancellor again. He is simply unelectable in the North and in the East.