Jorge G. Castañeda, Reforma, 1/28/2010
The possible PAN-PRD alliances in the gubernatorial elections in Durango, Oaxaca, Hidalgo and Puebla have awoken all types of passion, indignation, and explications. First, they are dismissed: whether because some consider them unnatural or perverse, for causing the PRI attack on Calderón’s reform, or because they are a blow to the party system. Surely the alliances are none of these things, and without doubt the death of Calderón’s reform has more to do with the ambush Beltrones cleverly set for the PAN and Senate government, the customary conservatism of the commentocracy (comentocracia) that since 2000 has preferred the status quo to any change, and the unarticulated and lukewarm defense of the agenda by the government. But all this is not to say that the alliances lack explanation or reason.
Castañeda goes on to argue that the probable alliance candidates seem more like independent candidates than members of a coalition. If independent candidates were allowed in Mexico, they would probably run as such. What unites the PAN, PRD, and the candidates in these states in the common goal of loosening the grip the PRI has maintained on state government in each of these states.