Shades of Bush v. Gore en MÃ©xico
NAFTA works! The Mexican election between the Northern and Southern hemispheres -- er, Conervative Felipe Calderon and Leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) -- is too close to call.
That didn't stop either from calling it, of course. Sean-Paul Kelley writes: "Shades of 2000 all over again."
At this writing, the best I can tell is that Calderon is ahead by 1.1 percent, and 400k votes or so. Either way, AP is reporting that a winner won't be declared until the end of the week.
What's really interesting is what they're calling "the American flavor" of this election. Despite the fact that, "Mexico has acute sensitivities when it comes to even a hint of foreign influence in its internal affairs, particularly elections," it hasn't stopped Harvard-educated conservative Calderon from hiring Fox News pundit Dick Morris and Republican strategist Rob Allyn.
The Dallas Morning News calls Dick Morris a "Bill Clinton adviser" despite the fact that Morris is essentially a Republican lifer who hates the Clintons so much he's written a fact-challenged screed about Hillary. But it looks good for balance next to Republican Rob Allyn's name.
Allyn, by the way, was instrumental in getting Vicente Fox elected after traveling incognito to help him in the 2000 campaign. Is it any wonder the election's so wack? (Agonist)
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