Monday, September 17, 2012

PAN makes peace with Enrique Peña Nieto

What a big move from the heady days after the July 1, 2012 election, when PAN president Gustavo Madero  claimed there was so much vote buying in the election that PRI winner Enrique Peña Nieto would never be a "legitimate" president, even if "legal."

Last week, 7 PAN governors and 2 governors-elect, as well as Madero himself, met with and rallied around the PRI president-elect, promising to back key initiatives on "shared initiatives."

Madero said PAN would back any "democratizing and modernizing" projects Peña Nieto might launch once in power.

For the PAN at least, whatever happened on July 1, 2012 - we're unlikely to know any time soon, or perhaps at all, given the decision of Mexico's electoral tribunal not to investigate serious claims of vote buying - is long since forgotten.

Gobernadores de AN dan respaldo a Peña. El Universal, Sept. 13, 2012


  1. All the more evidence of a PRI-PAN pact of one kind or another. The PAN is willing to denounce the PRI when they're running against them, but as soon as this election turned into EPN vs AMLO, it was obvious who they favored. Didn't Calderon say last year that the PRI would return to Los Pinos "over his dead body" - or words to that effect - and then he effectively anoints EPN on election night when there was already considerable evidence of massive vote-buying.

    Just suppose for a second that AMLO had won the election and done so "cleanly". Can you honestly imagine Felipe congratulating him on election night before the final vote is even in? If you can, you have a higher opinion of Felipe Calderon than I.

    Any election where a party that was a de facto dictatorship for 71 years wins "democratically" needs to be investigated thoroughly and not with the kind of kid gloves and groveling to power that IFE and the Tribunal specialize in. And the PAN, if it really believes in democracy, should be distancing itself as far from the PRI as possible. But oh wait... they have practically the same policies, don't they?

  2. I don't see PAN's leadership saying EPN is a "legitimate" president, only that as the "legal" president, they'll work with him on their common agenda. That EPN was so quick to sign off on Calderón's attempts to push through labor deforms (er... "reforms") bolster's Paul's argument, but given that there is already push-back within PRI to those "reforms", I am not sure the two parties are completely singing from the same neo-liberal hymnal.