Skip to comments.Weary Voters Turn to Party of Mexico’s Past, Polls Say
Posted on 07/02/2012 8:22:46 AM PDT by Vigilanteman
MEXICO CITY The party that ruled Mexico for decades with an autocratic grip appears to have vaulted back into power after 12 years in opposition, as voters troubled by a bloody drug war and economic malaise gave its presidential candidate, Enrique Peña Nieto, a comfortable victory on Sunday, according to preliminary returns and exit polls.
The victory was a stunning reversal of fortune for the centrist Institutional Revolutionary Party, known as the PRI, which was thought to be crippled after its defeat in the 2000 presidential election ushered in an era of real multiparty democracy here.
Buoyed by a strong machine across several states, by the youthful Mr. Peña Nietos capture of the television spotlight and by voters unhappiness with the direction of the country, the PRI defeated both the incumbent conservative party and the candidate who nearly beat the conservatives last time.
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Way to go, Mexican voters!
“centrist Institutional Revolutionary Party”
Haha..centrist..thats a good one.
Sounds like they were faced with the same challenge we are. Trying to choose the lesser of two evils. Let’s see who will do the least amount of harm? Nothing will change in Mexico. It will continue it’s downhill slide into the abyss.
An added plus is the crying buy the NYT readers in the comments below the article. If they don't like the election returns there has to be some good in 'em.
The difference is that our incumbent president is more closely aligned with the PRI.
I mean the “conservative (Calderon/Fox) party”/DC alliance.
I haven't taken my wife to a first run movie since Amazing Grace and just scored two free movie tickets. So, I'm thinking about where to take her this summer.
CENTRIST in the way that American CNN is to the right of CNN Internationale.
Although definitely a leftist party they are not anywhere near as left wing as they used to be or more importantly the PRD in Mexico.
I have not seen it yet. Reviews are that the first half is slow, doddering and melodramatic. But it really picks-up in the second half with a lot of fantastic action scenes.
Michael Medved in his review went absolutely out of his way to trash the film’s musical score. I am curious how terrible it would have to be for a critic to go out of his way to point it out.
Well, of COURSE the New York Times calls them centrist.
Karl Marx was positively too right-wing for these neofascist humanity-hating genocidal maniacs.
Who, Santa Anna?
Hehehe. That worked out real well for them on serveral occassions in the past [/dripping sarcasm].
NYT considers them centrist.
PRI is so centrist that they were in bed with the old Soviet Union.
The second largest KGB facility in the world was in Mexico City. Their main functions were to listen in to the military radio traffic and serve as a home base for soviet spies working here.
I guess that makes them centrist to the Times.
I wish for them all a year long vacation in North Korea.
With the PRI back at the helm, one can expect the cartels to make their pay-offs in a regularly scheduled and business-like manner. The dope business will be placed in the hands of the more effective cartels and the gun-crazy small-timers will be crushed. It will be more peaceful on the surface. There will be an awkward period while the new arrangements are worked out, so be careful.
From our point of view from north of the border, things might even slide back toward the 1950's, when our crooked politicians, and businessmen who knew the dirty score could actually get things done in Mexico without much of anyone getting shot most of the time.
The big diff nowadays is that we have a Mexican population that will soon be as large as Mexico's Mexican population. In fact, with the next century, just going by the numbers, we will become the largest Latin American Country in the hemisphere. Maybe the sorta-Marxist PRI has a future on this side of the border!
Well, compared with the Democratic Revolution party, anyway...
Lewis Black's observation applies just as well in Mexico as it does here:
An election is like choosing between two disgusting, foul-smelling buckets of sh**. On of them is going to be with you everywhere you go 24 x 7. Your job is to pick which one you think is going to be less offensive 4 years from now.