Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Spin Cycle 

Having lived through the stress in the US when a presidential election was too close to call, my sympathies go out to the people of Mexico who are caught in a recount. The stress comes from non-stop spinning on each side in favor of its candidate and against the other. Opposition is sharp and gets uglier by the hour. It's needless, but supporters feel compelled to comment as do pundits. Perhaps it makes them feel better, but it doesn't help those trying to get a vote count done and ordinary citizens waiting for an answer.

The intensity of conflict raises legitimate fear that a country's political structure cannot survive the spinning. In the US we faced the prospect of a lengthy court battle that was short-circuited by the Supreme Court. Many are bitter still about that.

True relationships with publics call for statesmanlike conduct in hours of crisis. It's a pity one rarely sees it from candidates' supporters.


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