May 23, 2006


In Attack Mode, a Rightist Surges in Mexico (JAMES C. McKINLEY Jr., 5/23/06, NY Times)

Felipe Calderón loves to make allusions to Mexican folk songs. These days, the conservative candidate for president is particularly fond of recalling a song about a nag named Relámpago who upsets a glistening champion, Moro, in a race.

"I was not the favorite," he boomed over loudspeakers to a crowd of farmers, fishermen and business owners in the town of Tonalá on a swing in Chiapas on Thursday. "I was not the one who was up in the polls, but do you know what I did, gentlemen? I went to work. I set about telling Mexicans what each candidate really stands for."

After six months in second place, Mr. Calderón has surged past the front-runner, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, with a stream of attack advertisements portraying him as a dangerous and violent leftist who will bankrupt the country.

Now, a month before the vote, the race is a contest between Mr. Calderón, a free-trade advocate backed by business leaders, and Mr. López Obrador, a leftist who draws most of his support from poor people who feel that free-trade policies have failed to help them.

If you can't even sell Pelosism in Mexico how are you going to get Americans to voe for it in November?

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 23, 2006 3:54 PM

Turns out that many Mexicans hate Chavez more than they hate the Yanks.

Posted by: John Thacker at May 23, 2006 4:35 PM

I think this may be why Bush is "soft-pedaling" the immigration issue, so to speak. If he takes too drastic a stand on it, Mexico gets pissed off at us, acts out in their own polls, and a Chavez bootlicker who promises a tough stance against the U.S. will take the reins from Presidente Fox.

Posted by: Michael Andreyakovich at May 24, 2006 1:44 AM
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