Archive: June 11, 2006 - June 17, 2006

López Obrador: Back on Top?

A bunch of polls showing Andrés Manuel López Obrador holding a razor-thin margin in Mexico's presidential election has triggered a fresh wave of profiles of the man often described as this country's political "rock star." To hear some talk, the former Mexico City mayor is the devil incarnate, a wild...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | June 16, 2006; 8:35 AM ET | Comments (12) | TrackBack (0)

Antojitos: A Song for Calderon

Well, every family has one, the ugly relative who drinks too much at the christening or blurts out the bad news about Aunt Glady's "female" maladies. In Mexico, the buzz is all about Felipe Calderon's "el cunado incomodo," translated as the "uncomfortable" or "inconvenient" brother-in-law. In this little ditty produced...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | June 15, 2006; 2:08 PM ET | Email a Comment | TrackBack (0)

Recount Déjà Vu

I thought that by moving nearly 2,000 miles from Washington I could finally put the 2000 U.S. election -- and its 37 extra days -- behind me. But it turns out Mexicans are raising the dreaded R-word. Jorge Montaño, a former Mexican ambassador to the United States, told The Washington...

By washingtonpost.com | June 15, 2006; 9:06 AM ET | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

From The Post: Migration a Non-Issue

The Post's Manuel Roig-Franzia reports today on how the immigration debate that "touches off podium-pounding on Capitol Hill and passions among talking heads" in the U.S. is getting little traction in the presidential campaign south of the border. Even though developments in the United States have forced candidates to discuss...

By washingtonpost.com | June 14, 2006; 11:49 AM ET | Email a Comment | TrackBack (0)

The 'Assassination' Saga; Checking the Tea Leaves

Q&A Alert: Campaign Conexión will host its first guest commentator a little later today: Jorge Castañeda, who served as secretary of foreign affairs at the start of Vicente Fox's term, will join us at 1:30 p.m. to entertain your questions. You can start firing away now. And now back to...

By washingtonpost.com | June 14, 2006; 9:00 AM ET | Comments (4) | TrackBack (0)

Antojitos: Look Out Al Capone

You thought gas prices in the states were getting bad?...

By washingtonpost.com | June 13, 2006; 3:06 PM ET | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

Vicente Fox's Big Shadow

For those of you just dropping in on Mexico's July 2 presidential election, I wouldn't blame you if you thought Vicente Fox was seeking a second term. The man who ended 71 years of rule by the conservative Institutional Revolutionary Party, known as the PRI, continues to dominate the...

By washingtonpost.com | June 13, 2006; 9:50 AM ET | Comments (7) | TrackBack (1)

Antojitos: Seeking Symbols

Antojito: Spanish snack, appetizer, morsel; little whim. The U.S. campaign press corps are always on the lookout for a sign or symbol to play off of (think storm clouds for the troubled campaign, or a similar cliche). Check out this metaphor alert for the López Obrador campaign after a recent...

By washingtonpost.com | June 12, 2006; 4:57 PM ET | Email a Comment | TrackBack (0)

The Great (Sort Of ) Debate

The word for debate in Spanish is debate. But that doesn't mean that last Tuesday's two-hour television program actually included any real sparring. With the exception of a few digs, the event was more like a series of monologues, delivered into a camera. Joining front-runners Andres Manuel López Obrador...

By washingtonpost.com | June 12, 2006; 12:14 PM ET | Email a Comment | TrackBack (0)

 

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