Antojitos: Big News


Big news in Mexico that ought to make my bosses proud (it led El Universal's Web site).

By washingtonpost.com |  July 14, 2006; 3:30 PM ET  | Category:  Antojitos
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I red your article related with the poll that Reforma newspaper presented in Mexico. You have to be kinding if you take seriuosly that kind of info, a pool of 600 phone calls with 4 % of error in a country like Mexico where having a phone is almost a luxury, and comming from Reforma that openly support Calderon, because represent the big money from Monterrey. No way!
I do not know if the Mexican Tribunal will allowed the recount of all votes in Mexico but I can not take seriously this kind of articles, not for a solid, prestigious Newspaper like the Washington Post. Do not compromise your reputation using irrelevant, yunky info.

Posted by: sergio | July 15, 2006 12:57 PM

So glad to see that the Campaign Conexion continues live and well even after the "campaign" has now turned into the "complain". AMLO certainly is within his rights to request recount of "tampered" ballots but he does a grave disservice to Mexico and all Mexicans by inciting protests and manifestations. If he truly believed in the democratic process, he would proceed accordingly.

Posted by: Norma | July 15, 2006 07:58 PM


i keep on saying that AMLO keeps shooting himself in the foot and beating a dead horse at the same time. he's politicaly dead. he lost all credibility the moment he started blackmailing the country. his stand is : it's either me or it's chaos. now he's begining to sound like a seriously delirious person. i'm not the biggest fan of felipe calderón but you know, he had the advantage of not being amlo. amlo's lust for power is repulsive. Granted, it's inherent to all politicians to have said lust but Andres Lopez is taking it to a completely ridiculous level. He's insulting the election process as if it was the same scenario from '88, and that's BS. Back then, no one had the ballots. Personally, i feel offended whenever he says IFE is corrupted. i got invited to count votes on election day and it was the most adorable and cleanest process i've done as a mexican. to ask for a recount is to invalidate the process, i think. AMLO, the most whimsical of all mexicans, can get his recount, but where is he throwing the credibility of all the citizens who, like me, went to spend sunday counting the man's god darned votes? next to the credibility of his own observers? or IFE's credibility? José Woldenberg, the former president of IFE and one of Mexico's bastions for credibility assured before the elections that, because of how the Institution's structured, it was impossible to commit fraud on a national scale. It's frustrating because this comment (or rant if you like) could last forever. Overall, I'm pretty scared that AMLO ends up being the president of Mexico. It isn't likely, but if he manages to get there, it's going to be as if the babies that've died from abortion came back to earth. We're gonna have an angry, angry president.

Posted by: carlos | July 16, 2006 12:51 PM

I find it realy interesting that everyone is worried about peaceful protest. I find it even more interesting that when AMLO manages to get 1 million people to demonstrate for him the american press dissmiss this as undemocratic. seems to me that if democracy is meant to demonstrate the will of the people then this past sundays demonstration represents the will of at least a third of the Mexican people. The power to disfuse a summer full of protest is in the hands of the Mexican electoral courts. If they order a recount then the demonstrations should stop no matter who one however the longer they put off the decision the more likely it will be that even with a recount a large protion of the Mexican electorate will still view Calderon as illegitimate. Mexico's best hope right now is to do a recount and disfuse the situation. and for those panistas out there how effective will your party be over the next 6 years if a third of the Mexican population views the PAN as being the party who stole the 2006 elections? will Calderon be able to acomplish anything if the PRD refuses to legitimize Calderon. And yes they do need the PRD's legitimacy to lead the country.

Posted by: Todd | July 17, 2006 11:20 AM

Todd
i think you're forgetting AMLO's reaction to the protest against kidnapping and robbery we had on June 27 ,2004 in Mexico City. The amount of people was a lot less than last sunday's protest (250 000 people), but you have to remind that Mexico City is perredista all the way, and most of the people that went to yesterday's march were AMLO's groupies anyway. Most of the people in the 2004 march weren't party followers, they were regular, hard working, middle class people and business owners. They were mad at the city's government, back then ran by AMLO, for all the insecurity suffered in the city. As a person who's had kidnapped relatives, I can tell you the level is still pretty high. During his administration, AMLO's team ran a comic book that showed how wonderful it was to live in the City of Hope, AMLO's tagline for the country's capital. On the week of the protest against insecurity, the comic book presented the protesters as white blonde people who went to the march just to show off their new white t-shirts with their friends. not only did he completely disdained the protest, he ridiculized it. anyway, what bothers me the most about the whole marching thing is that those things aren't costless. where does the money for all those tents and rented bathrooms and bottled water comes from? all those flags and dolls? the buses, the gasoline for those buses? the medical attention to fainted people? it's not healthy for a country to have this, especially when he has shown no substancial evidence about the fraud he keeps talking about.

Posted by: carlos | July 17, 2006 09:46 PM

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