Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The Alianza also has problems

I've been writing all the time about how the Concertación is facing serious problems with the lackluster Eduardo Frei campaign and the rise of Marco Enríquez-Ominami as an independent candidate.

This must mean the Alianza (that is, the coalition of the right) and its candidate, Sebastián Piñera, must be advancing toward victory, right? Actually, no. As usual, at least for now the Alianza cannot take advantage of Concertación weakness.

In fact, the two parties (UDI and RN) are fighting over the question of whether Piñera is supporting their legislative candidates equally. In a scene that is remarkably similar to two children competing for their father's attention, both parties says Piñera made phone recordings for the other party and not for them in particular districts.

And so I will keep saying this until it is clearly untrue--despite all its problems, the Concertación is not out yet. The odds are not good, but the Alianza is not landing a knock-out punch.

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