AL DÍA: ¿Qué opinan? Firmas del día: 8/9/12

Each morning, we will bring you an assortment of op-ed pieces from major Mexican dailies.

El Universal

“Bajo Reserva, Manita de Gato de Calderón:” Calderón and most of his fellow PAN party members agree that the party needs to change, how Gustavo Madero will act now is what they are waiting to find out, in the meantime PAN members in the legislature have filled out questionnaires on what they think is wrong with the party and what went wrong with Josefina Vázquez Mota’s campaign…The new PRI coordinator in the Senate, Emilio Gamboa, has started to coordinate the PRI’s presence in the legislature, and the youth arm of the PRI, the CNOP, to show how the PRI is new and different.

La Jornada

Clase Política, Miguel Ángel Rivera, “Decisiones tardías:”  Right before leaving office, Felipe Calderón, has started to promote what he called, “deep and necessary” reforms including the citizen initiative to generate new laws and independent candidatures.


Jorge Fernández Menéndez, “El espacio del poder:” The PRI has already announced its parliamentary coordinators and we will see that this defines who is in Peña Nieto’s cabinet…Many insist that there will be a rupture within the PAN but Fernández Menéndez thinks that they are wrong because calderonismo will remain the dominant strain and will dominate the restructuring of the party.  In the PRD, however, he thinks that there will eventually be a split between AMLO supporters, the Los Chuchos block, and major players like Miguel Ángel Mancera and Marcelo Ebrard, and this will decide who sits in the parliament.  Because of the political divisions within the legislature the different parties will need to form political pacts, he suspects that Gamboa Patrón and Manlio Fabio Beltrones were chosen by the PRI because they are capable of fulfilling this role, and because they belong to an older generation than Peña Nieto, which means that they have a better understanding of power than Peña and much of his team, and will be necessary since the cabinet will probably be filled with people from Peña’s generation.

Animal Politico

Plata o Plomo, Alejandro Hope, “La lógica de la guerra sin cuartel:”  In this editorial Alejandro Hope discusses a piece by Robert Bonner, ex director of the DEA, in Foreign Affairs, which he subsequently responded to in the same publication.  In Bonner’s piece he discussed the incoming administration and praised Calderón’s war on the cartels and said that if any sort of agreement was made with them, then Mexico would be open to corruption and impunity for generations, and so the cartels could not be negotiated with and the war needed to continue in the same vain.  Hope responded by saying that he did not believe that Mexico only had these two options, he thinks that Mexico needs to find a way to achieve a minimum of violence with a minimum of impunity, and says that he thinks that various formulas to change the war on the cartels to exist.


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