July 9, 2006


Mexico leftist sees unrest unless ballots are retallied (James C. McKinley and Ginger Thompson, 7/10/06)

While the announced winner of the presidential election, Felipe Calderón, kept a low profile over the weekend, his leftist rival led a rally of at least 150,000 people, charging that the voting had been marred by fraud and suggesting that there would be civil unrest without a vote-by-vote recount.

"If there is not democracy, there will be instability," said Andrés Manuel López Obrador during a news conference before he addressed his angry and defiant supporters in Mexico City's central plaza Saturday. [...]

"Let it be clear," he said. "This is a peaceful movement, and we will never fall for the provocations of our adversaries."

Most of you are probably too mature to watch Chappelle's Show on Comedy Central, but they once ran a hilarious skit -- apparently based on a true story -- in which Rick James visited Eddie Murphy's older brother and put his dirty shoes all over a new white sofa. Rick James, apparently drugged-out as usual, gave an interview in which he completely denied ever having done such a thing and, in the very next breath, said yeah he remembered putting his shoes all over Charlie Murphy's new couch.

Obrador is basically doing the same thing and, if I was a Mexican voter, I'd be awfully happy that my country declined to invite this guy into our house.

Posted by Matt Murphy at July 9, 2006 8:28 PM

In case I was unclear, that was the real Rick James giving that interview, not an actor. Chappelle's Show replayed it just to emphasize that Rick James was stoned out of his senses.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at July 9, 2006 9:35 PM

Lpez Obrador doesn't have James' excuse, but I would be willing to bet there are at least one or two consulting firms/individuals on this side of the Rio Grande giving him public relations advance on how to proceed, based on their experiences in Gore v. Bush.

Posted by: John at July 9, 2006 10:29 PM

John, are you saying this was another Carville triumph?

Posted by: erp at July 10, 2006 7:23 AM