The art of the possible

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

The political climate here in Mexico is heating up. Next year we'll face something we've never really seen in this country, real elections with real candidates. Supposedly all candidates will be democratically elected inside their own parties. There is no precedent for this in our history. It seems exciting. Things are gonna get nasty, tho, for sure.

People in the government are trying to oust a very strong candidate out of contention (his name is Andrés Manuel López Obrador, or El Peje... pronounced "Peh-heh"). He's been criticized as a populist. I just personally think he's kind of nuts, in a scary, egomaniacal way.

He was already kind of burned for having corrupt public officials in his cabinet (somebody actually filmed them taking bribes... yikes, somebody wants this guy out of the way, badly).

El Peje has already threatened to flood the streets with protesters if he's disqualified from running for President (in Mexico you can't run if you have a any type of criminal record, and this guy's being investigated for not upholding some lame-o court order... yikes, somebody wants him out REAL bad).

And the election is more than a year away. Hang on to your butts, this is gonna be a bumpy ride.


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