Monday, July 03, 2006

Who's the winner?

Many Mexicans waited today with a great deal of stomach butterflies for the results of the Mexican presidential election, which is too close to call. The rightist candidate, Felipe Calderón, leads by 3 percent, which to me, correct me if I'm wrong, means he's the winner so far, without equivocation. Of course, AMLO is already screaming victory, although he is 3 percent behind Calderón. This is the kind of thing that drives me nuts about him: his pure, irresponsible demagoguery. Until the last vote is counted, both of them should keep it shut and wait until the final results.
I'm sure, however, I'm not the only one reacting with unabashed glee at the pathetic results for the PRI's candidate. The fact that he trailed way behind is perfect proof of how irrelevant and undesirable the PRI's platform is for Mexicans today.
But you can't teach an old dog new tricks, according to the New York Times:

On the days before the elections, there were reports in Chiapas of PRI leaders using their old tricks to get votes. Residents in the town of Zaachila said party members handed out cement and other construction supplies in an effort to buy votes.

It was unclear whether their tactics had worked.

"The vote is ultimately secret and free," said Marta Rojas Sebastián, a lifelong resident there, "so we'll take whatever they give us and then we'll vote for whomever we want."

That's the spirit.

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