Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas (kwah TAY mock CAR day noss), founder and moral leader of the PRD, says he accepts Felipe Calderón as the next president of Mexico.
I'm pretty objective and it is clear to me who is going to take the reins of power and who is going to exercize them.Cárdenas had this to say about the increasingly shrill Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) and his vow that he and the PRD will never accept Felipe Calderón as Mexico's next president:
It's a position that some in the party have taken.
Translation: Include me out.
If ever a man had reasons to be bitter, it would be Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas. He clearly won the 1988 presidential election over Carlos Salinas de Gortari. But a "computer failure" which shut down the vote counting resulted in a "stunning turn-around" in the count once the computers were "repaired" and Salinas vaulted from 3rd to 1st place. Amazin'.
Two months ago, Cárdenas accepted an appointment from President Fox to the committee which plans and coordinates the various national holiday celebrations all around the country. AMLO and his minions atacked, labeling Cárdenas everything from a traitor to a Fox puppet. Last week, Cárdenas resigned that post saying, "My presence on the committee was proving to be more of a distraction than doing anybody any good."
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His reward: the governorship of Puebla.
I've seen this guy in action, up close and personal. To put it politely, he's a slim customer. To put it not so politely, he's freaking scary.
With Cárdenas abandoning his leaky boat, AMLO has just about run out of friends. He's down to the dregs, APPO and striking teachers.
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