Friday, March 30, 2012

Noroña, a cliche waiting to happen

Gerardo Fernández Noroña is for many the face of the most radical, intransigent sectors of the Mexican left, improbably elected federal deputy in 2009 for the North Korea-praising Workers Party (PT), but before that a long-time radical as head of a social movement-based group within the PRD.

His antics both in the PRD, which he left in 2008, and as a deputy are many (he once threw himself around he feet of president Ernesto Zedillo and refused to let go), but he is perhaps most known as an ardent defender of Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) and a proponent of the "fraud" claim of 2006.

Now the cliché is served on a silver platter: más papista que el Papa, more catholic than the pope:

In response to AMLO's recent declaration that he has "forgiven" Felipe Calderón,  for 2006, Noroña (as he is most commonly known), now threatening to break with AMLO unless he explains what he means by that - is it a recognition of Calderón's legitimacy as president? - and demanding that he show congruence and firmness. Yes, AMLO is not radical enough for his political children.

 AMLO being accused of going soft on Calderón, by one of his own - it is hard to know what historical analogy to pick given the range of options.

Let's for now stick with the French one: Noroña, the Jacobin. I am not even the slightest surprised.


  1. How about Benedict Arnold or Malinche?
    I'm a Panista, but a divided PRD is just more votes for Pena Nieto, has Norona actually been co-opted?
    Does he WANT a divided PRD during the campaign?

    The strategic question depends on his behavior, ignore him unless necessary for a break to ask him the questions directly of if he has been co-opted by the PRI. If he formally continues to accept the PRD, then that question can be asked more subtly.

    Why are democratic forces always so easily divided and manipulated by the united, discliplined parties like Ortega's sandinistas in Nicaragua or Hugo Chavez's Chavistas in Venezuela?

  2. Absolutely - I think it is as well a bad thing for the left, though arguably Noroña did more damage within the PRD than the PT, so I don't think they miss him too much. But it also tells you something of how the "radicals" remove themselves from reality when they get more extreme than their leader, accusing him essentially of treason.