On Saturday there was a massive student march against the candidacy of Enrique Peña Nieto, the PRI candidate for the presidency of Mexico.
I have been asked more times than I can remember (by friends, family, and complete strangers, including taxi drivers and bartenders who are well-aware that I am a gringo) who I would vote for in the Mexican election. As with the United States, the answer is easy. I cannot vote for Andrés Manuel López Obrador for the simple reason of his reaction after the 2006 election.
So you cannot vote for the PRD in this election. If Ebrard were the candidate, things would be different, but he is not. AMLO, no f---ing way.
Then there is Mr. Peña Nieto. Uh. Erm. Uh-huh. Next post will discuss his campaign, which is actually somewhat amusing. I will even discuss the various positions on health policy. The problem is that I do not believe that he is not corrupt. Moreover, he is a member of a party that has not abandoned corruption. This is one of the few cases where my academic research and my heart push in the same direction: institutions matter more than policies, and regardless of policies, Enrique Peña Nieto and his party will not be good for the institutions.
Which leaves us with Josefina Vázquez Mota. Were I voting in the Mexican election, she would have my vote. With little enthusiasm, sadly. But she would have it. Am I wrong? I have PRD relatives, but they are not talking to me about the election. (Baseball yes, U.S. politics yes, Mexico no.) So help me out! Am I wrong? Who should an informed Mexican vote for?