May 1, 2006


A conservative takes the lead in Mexico race: Felipe Caldéron surpassed the leftist front-runner last week, surprising many (Danna Harman, 5/02/06, The Christian Science Monitor)

He seems nervous waving to crowds, uncomfortable when supporters chant his name. "Uncharismatic" is what he's usually called. But now Felipe de Jesús Calderón Hinojosa is the man to beat in Mexico's July 2 elections.

The young, at 43, lawyer and economist was far behind when the campaign season took off last fall. To begin with, President Vicente Fox, barred constitutionally from running for a second term, backed a different candidate to lead his center-right National Action Party (PAN). More critically, there was the seemingly unstoppable rise of populist Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the candidate for the Democratic Revolution Party (PRD), who is as charismatic and dynamic as Calderón is ho-hum.

This is the global geopolitical climate in which Democrats think they're destined for a big year?

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 1, 2006 7:36 PM

Check out this picture of Mexico City at the Drudge Report.

How will these massive outpourings affect the elections?

Posted by: erp at May 1, 2006 8:04 PM

Uh, OJ, I wouldn't get too excited about this "rightward" march. After all, Vicente Fox was sold as a "pro-business" candidate and demonstrated it pretty well.

Posted by: Brad S at May 1, 2006 9:41 PM

Yes and they can build upon that.

Posted by: oj at May 1, 2006 9:44 PM