Saturday, September 02, 2006

PRD strategy

As has been widely reported, members of the PRD prevented President Fox from making his State of the Union address yesterday. Although I’ve disagreed with him in the past, I have to agree with Ricardo on this one—I just can’t see how this does anything but make AMLO and the PRD look bad. So far, Fox has handled it pretty well, so it may simply reinforce support for the PAN, depending on how Calderón reacts once he is president.

In a recent post, I mentioned the process of democratization in Mexico. Especially if the government’s response continues to eschew violence (I think the minimal amount of violence on both sides is noteworthy) this could ultimately strengthen collective commitment to democracy, as people consider the importance of loyal opposition.

Or maybe I’m just optimistic on a beautiful, clear and cool September morning.


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