Mexican politics is fascinating. There’s so much more passion across such a large cross section of the general population. And the candidates certainly have charisma. Say what you like about Lopez Obrador, he has buckets of the stuff. So it’s interesting to see that he’s going to be running for the presidency for a second time next year. Or running for ‘re-election’, depending on who you’re talking to.
Did Obrador win last time? Meh. Neither side won a mandate worth writing home about. I wouldn’t have voted for Obrador, he swings far too far to the left for me. And even considering what has happened in Calderon’s war on drugs in the last six years, I would still have given him my vote if I were returned to 2006. And if I were given a vote to cast, which I wasn’t. In my opinion, Obrador would have committed a political and economical destruction upon Mexico with grave long term consequences.
And whilst I think the war on drugs is a foolhardy nonsense, I will at least credit Calderon with sticking to his convictions rather than pandering to populist sentiment. Cutting a deal with the drug barons and allowing the status quo to continue without interference would have been terribly easy to do. Instead, he’s left a big X on his forehead. And his family’s foreheads.
Obrador’s futile protests that went on for months, nay – years, after the election did him no favours. The legitimate president? Nope. The Pantomime President fits better. He was undignified, destabilising and, quite frankly, a little pathetic. But still. I don’t dislike him. He is a character. And he too is a conviction politician. By the way, when I say ‘conviction politician’ I mean this, not this. 🙂
But anyway….I could never forgive Obrador, simply due to the number of nights I was awoken by his supporters chants. That’s what comes of living opposite an Electoral Office, I guess. I did actually see Obrador when he gave a speech just across the road from my home. Close enough to get a recognisable pphoto of him, even without a superzoom lens. Far enough away that it was grainy and not worth saving.
As to who’ll win this time, in a years time. Probably not Obrador. Good thing. Probably not PAN, and whichever candidate they eventually field. Good thing. So probably PRI. Good lord. Just like Afghans have this fuzzy, feel-good feeling about the old days under the Taliban, and just as comrades of former Soviet countries yearn for the good old days of Communism, and just as Jamiacans wish the kindly British Empire would just come back and relieve them from their woes….Mexicans too seem to have a rose-tinted view of the past.
I guess if you can look past the monumental corruption, massacres, nepotism, dictatorial brutality and thievery, the PRI weren’t all that bad. There was the Mexican economic miracle, a fabulous Olympics and the two greatest World Cup tournaments ever held. Pah. The last point swings it for me. I’d vote PRI.
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