March 18, 2007


Mexico's president rides popularity wave (James McKinley, March 17, 2007, International Herald Tribune)

President Felipe Calderón is on a roll. You can see it in his relaxed manner these days, his ease at the lectern, whether he is meeting with President George W. Bush or swinging through Baja, California, to unveil new projects. [...]

He has reason to look relieved. Just a few months ago, his paper-thin victory gave him almost no mandate in the eyes of many voters, and his leftist rival, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, threatened to thwart his tenure with violent protests, arguing that the election last year had been fraudulent.

Now, recent polls show, Calderón's approval ratings are above 50 percent. He has buried López Obrador under a flurry of projects and proposals, relegating his former nemesis to the netherworld of political gadflies and malcontents deep inside the daily newspapers.

The new president cracked down on violent protests that were tearing apart the colonial city of Oaxaca. He has sent troops and federal agents into several states to combat drug cartels. He also extradited several high-level drug kingpins to the United States.

He learned the Colombian lesson.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 18, 2007 2:45 PM

the colonial city of Oaxaca

Interesting phrase. Does Mexcio have colonies? Does the writer think Oaxaca is a Mexican colony? (and by modern extension, not a part of Mexico and thus "occupied territory") Or that two centuries later cities founded by the Spanish are still somehow different? (If so, then why not refer to New Orleans, Montreal, Boston, Charleston, and Santa Fe the same way?)

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at March 18, 2007 3:28 PM