Just super. PRI making a comeback in Mexico?

posted at 6:31 pm on July 1, 2012 by Jazz Shaw

As if Mexico didn’t have enough to worry about these days. (And, by association, the United States as well.) Mexicans go to the polls this weekend to select new leaders, and if the early polling numbers are any indication, we could be seeing a return to a not terribly grand old tradition.

Twelve years after the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) lost power, polls show its candidate, Enrique Pena Nieto, heading into the vote with a double-digit lead over his opponents, despite lingering doubts about the party.

Tainted by corruption, electoral fraud and occasional bouts of brutal authoritarianism during its 71 years in power, the PRI was voted out in 2000. But it has bounced back, helped by the economic malaise and a tide of lawlessness that have plagued Mexico under the conservative National Action Party, or PAN…

After ending the PRI’s rule in 2000, the PAN raised hopes of a new dawn for democracy in Mexico. But years of weak growth and the death of more than 55,000 people in drug-related killings since 2007 have eroded its popularity.

The PRI’s history is a fairly epic tale which could have come straight out of a Godfather movie script. Their amazing ability to win elections with more than 70% of the vote for decade after decade was truly spectacular, what with the 141% turnout they could usually manage. People were frequently even more afraid of the government than they were of the gangs and tales of official abuse and violence against citizens were common.

The PRI claims that they changed, cleaned house and moved forward to an open, honest democratic future. Of course, that’s a lot easier to say than to actually do. But it looks like they may get the chance to prove it starting tonight if Nieto pulls out a win. Everything old is new again, eh?


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PRI is both institutional and revolutionary at the same time. Amazing.

Mark1971 on July 1, 2012 at 6:37 PM

Huh. So R3volutionary got thru the nanny? (Didn’t wanna risk it myself…)

Akzed on July 1, 2012 at 6:37 PM

I live in San Diego and one of the sports stations here broadcasts out of Mexico so we hear Mexican political commercials all day. They’re… unreal. Such a different world from the US. Talking about not trading your vote for a goat and a bag of flour, or how the government can make you safe from getting killed by drug lords.

MikeknaJ on July 1, 2012 at 6:38 PM

The PRI was founded in 1929 as the National Revolutionary Party (Partido Nacional Revolucionario–PNR).

Think of it as the Permanent Revolutionary Party.

Akzed on July 1, 2012 at 6:39 PM

But it looks like they may get the chance to prove it starting tonight if Nieto pulls out a win.

Who is Nieto? Do you mean Peña Nieto (sometimes shortened to Peña in English)?

Anyway, a win by Peña Nieto would be better than a win by far-far-left López Obrador. A win by Vázquez Mota would be far better than a win by either.

That being said, Peña Nieto will prevail.

steebo77 on July 1, 2012 at 6:41 PM

Well, Nieto ran an Obama-esque campaign here in Mexico. You saw nothing but commercials about him on TV, and saw his face everywhere…on the sides of buildings, on buses, etc. Pena avoided as many debates as he could and relies on his good looks and movie actress wife (even though it is rumored that he had his ex-wife murdered). He’s also a closet homosexual and completely corrupt.

His campaign slogan was “This is my promise and you know that I will fulfill it” and “Mexico is going to change”. (Sound familiar?).

But the good news is that there are many, many Mexicans who hate PRI and they demonstrate loudly when they can. PRI was responsible for the peso crisis in the 90s that completely wiped out many people’s savings. Pena is close friends to Salinas, who was the PRI president during that time.

Pena will just be the figurehead for the party, much like Obama in the US. The real power brokers are the party establishment, a group of ex officials as well as wealthy business leaders.

Rambotito on July 1, 2012 at 6:44 PM

Sexist or not PAN was stupid nominating a woman in a country where people’s chief concern is being protected. Nieto’s only real competition is a very leftist former mayor of Mexico city. This result is a surprise to no one.

Rocks on July 1, 2012 at 6:45 PM

I’d venture to say it matters not which label is attached to the turds floating at the top of the cesspool that is the Mexican government. They are all pretty much the same and will remain that way until someone eventually pumps the septic tank, and that won’t happen in our lifetimes.

Tim Zank on July 1, 2012 at 6:46 PM

But it has bounced back, helped by the economic malaise and a tide of lawlessness that have plagued Mexico under the conservative National Action Party, or PAN…

Boy, does that sound familiar. And close to home.

a capella on July 1, 2012 at 6:55 PM

Coincides with Obama and the Dems – two corrupt thug parties only separated by a border.

kevinkristy on July 1, 2012 at 6:56 PM

What happened? Are all the Zapatistas in the US Congress?

trubble on July 1, 2012 at 6:57 PM

Rambotito on July 1, 2012 at 6:44 PM

Wouldn’t AMLO be closer to Obama than EPN?

Don’t know much about EPN, cept I’ve heard he’s as dumb as a box of rocks.

El_Terrible on July 1, 2012 at 6:58 PM

It does not matter who is elected in Mexico. Mexico is a failed state. The narco gangs run the country.

mchristian on July 1, 2012 at 7:02 PM

I’m more concerned about how Mexican citizens will vote in the U.S. presidential election.

Pork-Chop on July 1, 2012 at 7:08 PM

I anticipate this will increase the number of illegal aliens undocumented migrants crossing the border into the U.S. And, PRI, like PAN, will be wise enough to encourage its least educated, least productive citizens into going to the U.S.

bw222 on July 1, 2012 at 7:28 PM

The PRI’s history is a fairly epic tale which could have come straight out of a Godfather movie script. Their amazing ability to win elections with more than 70% of the vote for decade after decade was truly spectacular, what with the 141% turnout they could usually manage.

So they are like the Chicago thugs who won in 2008 ?

burrata on July 1, 2012 at 7:33 PM

I’d venture to say it matters not which label is attached to the turds floating at the top of the cesspool that is the Mexican government. They are all pretty much the same and will remain that way until someone eventually pumps the septic tank, and that won’t happen in our lifetimes.

Tim Zank on July 1, 2012 at 6:46 PM

Honestly Mexico could use a few million American born Mexicans to migrate there. That or shutting the border and stop being a pressure release valve for Mexico…

Theworldisnotenough on July 1, 2012 at 7:33 PM

The PRI claims that they changed, cleaned house and moved forward to an open, honest democratic future.

What is that they say — drop the radical pose to achieve the radical ends….

burrata on July 1, 2012 at 7:37 PM

The PRI claims that they changed, cleaned house and moved forward to an open, honest democratic future.

Jazz, would that be anything like “The most honest, most open, most transparent administration, evah!”?

GarandFan on July 1, 2012 at 7:39 PM

Why should Mexico’s election be any different then ours?

Mr. Arrogant on July 1, 2012 at 7:49 PM

What I want to know is, will Peña Nieto and the PRI be pissed off about Fast and Furious?

Flora Duh on July 1, 2012 at 8:03 PM

At this point for all their corruption they might be what is best for mexico.

Put yourself in the place of the mexican people.

The PAN seems ineffective and I really doubt they’re less corrupt then the PRI.

Karmashock on July 1, 2012 at 8:12 PM

Meet the new old new old new old new boss…

trigon on July 1, 2012 at 8:28 PM

Boy, does that sound familiar. And close to home.

a capella on July 1, 2012 at 6:55 PM

I’m more concerned about how Mexican citizens will vote in the U.S. presidential election.

Pork-Chop on July 1, 2012 at 7:08 PM

So they are like the Chicago thugs who won in 2008 ?

burrata on July 1, 2012 at 7:33 PM

would that be anything like “The most honest, most open, most transparent administration, evah!”?

GarandFan on July 1, 2012 at 7:39 PM

What I want to know is, will Peña Nieto and the PRI be pissed off about Fast and Furious?

Flora Duh on July 1, 2012 at 8:03 PM

…so many people thinking my thoughts…it’s scary!

KOOLAID2 on July 1, 2012 at 8:36 PM

I was watching Univision and I saw a funny thing. In Mexico they have to show an ID to vote. I guess they’re reaaaaaacists.

That aside, tired of the new corruption, welcome back old corruption.

banzaibob on July 1, 2012 at 9:11 PM

What I want to know is, will Peña Nieto and the PRI be pissed off about Fast and Furious?

Flora Duh on July 1, 2012 at 8:03 PM

In a word, NO. Socialsits will hang together. As a matter of fact I think Nieto is happy about the violence which will help him get elected.

banzaibob on July 1, 2012 at 9:13 PM

I’m more concerned about how Mexican citizens will vote in the U.S. presidential election.

Pork-Chop on July 1, 2012 at 7:08 PM

As you should be.

slickwillie2001 on July 1, 2012 at 9:13 PM

I’m trying to think of a viable way to clean up Mexico.
At the moment, all I got is “Theocracy”.
Which is really depressing for an atheist.

Count to 10 on July 1, 2012 at 9:48 PM

It does not matter who is elected in Mexico. Mexico is a failed state. The narco gangs run the country.

mchristian on July 1, 2012 at 7:02 PM

Right, Sounds like a perfect job for a dozen or so UAV Drones to start with anyway.

WhoU4 on July 1, 2012 at 10:29 PM

It does not matter who is elected in Mexico. Mexico is a failed state. The narco gangs run the country.

mchristian on July 1, 2012 at 7:02 PM

Right, Sounds like a perfect job for a dozen or so UAV Drones to start with anyway.

WhoU4 on July 1, 2012 at 10:29 PM

Now that you mention it…

Our CIA used to dabble in foreign politics in countries that were far less important to the economy and well-being of the USA. It should be made clear to the government of Mexico that the clock is ticking and if the crime, drug, and illegal alien problems continue to worsen, we will treat them more like Pakistan than Canada.

slickwillie2001 on July 1, 2012 at 10:36 PM

For those who saw the movie For Greater Glory, a quick look at Wikipedia connects some dots between the movie and Mexico’s Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI).

Plutarco Elías Calles (Spanish pronunciation: [pluˈtarko eˈli.as ˈkaʎes]; 25 September 1877 – 19 October 1945) was a Mexican general and politician. He was president of Mexico from 1924 to 1928, but he continued to be the de facto ruler from 1928–1935, a period known as the maximato. Calles is most noted for a fierce oppression of Catholics that led to the Cristero War, a civil war between Catholic rebels and government forces, and for founding the Partido Nacional Revolucionario (National Revolutionary Party, or PNR), which eventually became the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) – which governed Mexico for more than 70 years.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plutarco_Elias_Calles

wren on July 1, 2012 at 10:52 PM

Our CIA used to dabble in foreign politics in countries that were far less important to the economy and well-being of the USA. It should be made clear to the government of Mexico that the clock is ticking and if the crime, drug, and illegal alien problems continue to worsen, we will treat them more like Pakistan than Canada.

slickwillie2001 on July 1, 2012 at 10:36 PM

+1. Would that we spent as much effort trying to straighten out Mexico, which is right across our southern border, as we do Islamic pestholes that are halfway around the world.

MelonCollie on July 2, 2012 at 9:19 AM

The Democrats of Mexico. Who knew?

wsucoug on July 2, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Failed state. Such a shame…they have really good food.

I’m sure we can expect many more law-abiding illegals as a result of an even more authoritarian central gov in good ol’ Me-hi-co.

mapper on July 2, 2012 at 1:39 PM

oh well, we’ll now get more illegal aliens than ever before.

love2rumba on July 3, 2012 at 4:10 AM