It’s time to start getting revved up for the big election on July 1st. That’s right, let’s get MassTransit’s incessant chatter turned onto Mexican politics. Here’s a quick list of the candidates to get everyone started:
Enrique Peña Nieto, PRI
Josefina Vázquez Mota, PAN
Andrés Manuel López Obrador, PRD
Gabriel Quadri de la Torre, PANAL
PRI is the party that single handedly won every election in Mexico for decades back to 1929. In the 80’s PRI had its first losses at the state level and finally Vincente Fox ended the PRI’s dominance by winning the presidency in 2000. Fox’s party was PAN. PAN won the election again in 2006 with Felipe Calerón. The 2006 election ended with a tense showdown between Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) and Calerón. AMLO’s partisans shut down major arterials in Mexico City, D.F. for weeks. The election reaked of fraud. It was hard not to harken back to another razor thin election result in 2000. AMLO is running again and he’s got beefs.
Mexican elections are held every six years and a president gets just one term. PAN has fielded the first serious female contender in Josefina Vázquez Mota. Too bad PAN is a business friendly war-making party. PAN is the party that Republicans in the US feel they can ‘do business’ with. Meanwhile, AMLO is back for another try. He gives great speeches and is not afraid to call people out for fraud and corruption, which makes him very watchable. I do not know if AMLO is viable. The frontrunner has been Enrique Peña Nieto with PRI. The idea of PRI returning to the presidency is fascinating. PRI was famous for patronage and all that goes with it. In the midst of the current drug war, the return of a party that can manage these illegal affairs seems like it might be wise. Too bad Nieto is a mental midget that can’t escape gaffes and other goofs. Finally there is Gabriel Quadri de la Torre. He was serious about renewable energy during the May 6th debate, but I do not know much more. Still, Torre seems like a bad-ass intellectual and is also rather watchable.
Forget about the American election, because it is super boring compared to what’s going on in Mexico. With less than two months to go, the pace is going to be frenetic. Get on board with MassTransit.