The big news in today's Unidad politics is that the race has become "old time politics" versus "renewal". The old time politics come form that final endorsement of PP by COPEI, rounding up around him all the old parties, and presumably all the old ways to settle scores. We cannot wait for the small last dinosaur, MAS, to endorse PP and make the caricature whole (after all, Petkoff and Tal Cual seem to have endorsed PP). For the other candidates all the new parties (PrVzl is, after all, barely a decade older than PJ already almost a decade older than VP...). Suddenly and unexpectedly the primary election is becoming truly a generational change. Either it is the last chance for COPEI and AD to revive or for the new political world will emerge once and for all (including chavista transfuges like PODEMOS). Let's note that this is fraught with danger because a trashing of PP could make many AD and COPEI stay home in October 2012, if you ask me.
If the support to PP of COPEI was today THE symbol of one side of the race, the interview of Maria Corina Machado on Globovision was the other side of the coin, the new language that the other candidates are fermenting slowly, but already bubbling in MCM. She came across as forceful, precise, with a message of a clarity that we have not heard in years in this country. In fact, I do not recall any politician being as clear as she was tonight. Maybe it will cost her votes because she might scare people expecting promises as usual, maybe she will start climbing in polls (I think she will), but that is not the point. Tonight MCM was the expression of a new Venezuela emerging, with Leopoldo and Enrique. And apparently not with Pablo.
What do you know folks? The primary election has become way more important than we already expected.
Something new por Globovision