Winners and Losers (in Spanish)

Jesus Ortega

Ciro Gómez Leyva, 7/5/2010

Win: without a doubt, the PAN-PRD alliance.  They picked up three governorships (Oaxaca, Puebla, and Sinaloa) that would have never been one by either party alone.  They were in it in Durango and garnered admirable numbers in Hidalgo.  The only failure was Quintano Roo, and theree, as was said on Friday, to many events transpired to do a solely electoral analysis.

Win: César Nava y Jesús Ortega–no one will remove them from their posts.  They can hold their heads up as winners.

Win: despite the defeats, Beatriz Paredes.  Nine governorships in one day is a triumph anywhere.

Win: Fidel Herrera.  And he becomes a solid potential candidate to head the PRI.

Win: Xóchitl Gálvez, perhaps the first authentic citizen candidate to hold her own against the giants.  She has a future ahead of her.

Win: Manuel Camacho–his first sound victory in decades.  And he leaves his mark as a strategist.

Win: Something very, very strange in Tamaulipas.

Lose: The two most questioned governors in Mexico–Ulises Ruiz and Mario Marín.  No one will cry for them.

Lose: Amalia García, in a thrashing.

Lose: Miguel Ángel Yunes, who was left with no option other than discrediting half the world.  And, unfortunately, Dante Delgado also lost.

Lose: Zacatecan monrealismo.  The triumph of Amalia and the PRD was avoided, but, as with the PT a year ago, it comes at a price.

Lose: Andrés Manuel López Obrador.  The Chuchos will remain in control of the PRD.  His influence won’t be felt before July, 2011.

Lose: Enrique Peña Nieto.  The alliances, in spite of everything, worked.  Now they are coming after him.

Lose: President Calderón.  His image as one who intervenes in elections is ingrained.  Bad news for the country.

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Editorial: The Magic of Law (in Spanish)

Reforma, 6/24/2010, Jorge G. Castañeda

The recordings of indiscreet conversations of Fidel Herrera, Ulises Ruiz, among others, as well as the possible disclosure regarding candidates in Sinaloa, form part of what Ciro Gómez has called dirty democracy or dirty war.

What remains unclear is whether there is another kind of war within politics. Perhaps what is happening now is normal; it would be abnormal if our multicolored and aberrant electoral laws were to define what occurs.

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