Saturday, March 27, 2010

Calderón as Corleone

Earlier this week, Leo Zuckermann compared Calderón to Michael Corleone in Godfather 3, in that every time he thinks he can move beyond security, they pull him back in. That's a pretty accurate depiction of the path of Calderón's agenda since last summer, and part of the reason that this piece from last November has been borne out by the course of events less than expected. It's probably part of the cause of Calderón's attacks on people who talk about security excessively, but, again, also something that he is largely responsible for, in that he made security the primary focus of his government for most of the first three years. We'll see how this shakes out, if Calderón will eventually be able to decisively shift the focus of the nation, or if, LBJ-style (who makes an appearance in the column), the single intractable issue will consume his government. One can only hope for the former result.

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