Mexico’s Next Revolution

While it might take days or even weeks before Mexico’s cliff-hanger presidential election is officially settled, it seems almost certain that right-of-center, liberal candidate Felipe Calderón will be the country’s next president. He may not have won by more than a percentage point and his 36% of the vote is hardly a mandate. His opponents will challenge the results in the streets, the courts and the political arena, and he will face a strong, though divided, opposition in Congress. Still, winning is better than losing, and Mexico is better off today than it was yesterday, when many thought the left-of-center populist contender, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, would receive a thumping endorsement from the electorate.

Calderón means continuity; that’s probably why he won, and that is what Mexico needs.

In the end, Mexico’s voters did not fall for López Obrador’s stratagem. His case was simple: Mexico is a basket case today, let’s throw out the rascals responsible for it and replace them with leaders who will represent and help the poor – still half of Mexico’s population.

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