Accompanying developments remind us of the famous opening observation of Tolstoy's Anna Karenina, which, our copy not being ready to hand, we will quote from the unholy SparkNotes web site (and not in Russian, as if we could understand Russian): "All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way."
Well, the response to Calderon's election by his opponent, Lopez Obrador, suggests that all leftists are unhappy in the same way:
- Like Al Gore, Lopez Obrador insists that he will fight the electoral outcome, which unlike the situation in the north involves several hundreds of thousands of votes difference instead of a few hundred, in the courts.
- Like leftists everywhere, Lopez Obrador insists that he and only he stands for "the people."
- Like Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, to whom Calderon often compared Lopez Obrador (and for which Calderon was widely accused of dirty campaigning), Lopez Obrador threatens revolution if he does not get his way.
The universal mythology of the left continues to be that a majority of the world's people supports the left because the interests of the majority are patently served only by the left. The universal problem of the left is that many elections don't bear this out. The universal explanation of the left is that the right tells lies, campaigns with dirty tricks, holds down voter participation and steals elections. The universal and sole evidence for these charges is the actual outcome of elections, which are won by the right but should be won by the left if everyone gets to vote and everyone's vote is counted.
The universal problem of the right is trying to govern with all this leftist noise in the background. Calderon, by all reports a smart and decent individual, will have his work cut out for him, not just with Mexico's corrupt government and dysfunctional, crime-ridden economy but now with a neo-socialist quasi-anarchist threatening a "people's revolution."
Mexico and the rest of the world awaits the real revolution that came several years ago to United Kingdom: the rise of a serious, competent, fair-minded and decent party of the center left that formulates thoughtful policy instead of playing Marxist games.
Viva Tony Blair!