“What if we win?” Argentines’ passion for, well, everything

“What if we win?” muses an opposition politician in Buenos Aires. He’s referring to upcoming elections where the incumbent Cristina Kirchner, widow of  Néstor Kirchner and succeeding him as president, is both the enemy and the beloved nation. For him, that is. For others, including the U.S., not so much.

Forum: The Hudson Institute, Washington D.C., March 22, 2011

Can Argentina Free Itself from Chavismo? A Discussion of Argentina’s Relations with the United States and the Region

“What if we win?” muses an opposition politician in Buenos Aires. He’s referring to upcoming elections where the incumbent Cristina Kirchner, widow of  Néstor Kirchner and succeeding him as president, is both the enemy and the beloved nation. For him, that is. For others, including the U.S., not so much.

For a populace weary (and wary) of disappearances, Iranian terrorist bombings, catastrophic money devaluations, the loss of face as Obama’s jet hops over the land enroute to Peru, and maybe another pop musical epic, the usual calls for radical change will not rouse voters to his cause. He knows it and acknowledges that his campaign will be face-saving theater because if indeed his opposition were to win elections, they would immediately have to demonstrate the capability and expertise to continue effective programs and the estabilidad realtive the Kirchner brand has come to mean. It would be impossible to keep his lights on and to surpass Kirchner’s wise appointments – the well-respected Supreme Justices administering with an integrity and fairness rare for Latin America, and hugely transformational in Argentina.

The Pax Kirschner, however, is giving the U. S. and conservatives the heebie-jeebies. Its appeal to the Argentines is one of passion and of solidarity in tune with the distinct national meme of being unappreciated. Not being appreciated for steadfast support in the war on terrorism, for sending personnel to help in the Gulf War, for advancing so far onto the vast pampas of democracy in a few short years and on top of all that, not even rating a pit stop by the President of the United States in his current whirlwind tour of Latin America.

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