Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Bad PR, Worse Statesmanship 

When the Mexican voting standoff first occurred weeks ago, I noted that it was an opportunity for statesmanship, but it also was a poisonous environment in which followers get out of hand. There hasn't been statesmanship on the part of the loser and followers did get out of hand. However, it appears Mexico has held together and the losing candidate's whining has turned off those who hold the power in the country.

It's sad. Here was an opportunity for the loser to cultivate good relations with the citizenry and for a public relations gesture that showed he is a patriot. Mexicans got neither. Instead, Obrador's political career is at an end.


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