We hope voters are simply punishing the PAN for its shortcomings rather than longing for a return to a one-party patronage state.Let's not go overboard--the PRI won less than 40 percent of the vote. The days in which any party wins even a majority of the votes don't seem to be imminent, although a two-party presidential system would likely be more effective than the present set-up. There's no evidence whatsoever that the votes for the PRI are longing for a return to authoritarianism. Indeed, the PRI won because it was assigned no responsibility for the economy and insecurity, and because it avoided the messy public spats that we saw from the PRD, not because Mexicans are eager for another López Portillo.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
This line from the LA Times editorial page's response to the Mexican elections seemed out of place: