Monday, June 2, 2008
Mexico's Conservative Liberals
Macario Schettino takes on the idea of an oil referendum in today's column. Personally, I think the idea's right up there with filet mignon a la mode, and Schettino seems to agree. He also tells us that Mexico City residents incline toward the PRD because they are the most conservative Mexicans, in the sense that they want to preserve the status quo ante more than any other portion of the country. The chilangos, as Mexico City residents are known, benefited from the 70 years of one-party rule following the Mexican Revolution more than, say, Guadalajara's tapatíos or Monterrey's regiomontanos. As such, they're more invested in obstructing legislation (such as energy reform) that can move the nation away from the Revolutionary era. Because the PRD is the most obstructionist party, it dominates in Mexico City. Makes sense to me.