Appraising the Newly Elected President of Mexico
Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) has been elected President of Mexico. He had run for president twice before and failed. This time, he succeeded with over fifty percent of the vote, double the votes of the runner-up.
Why? Here is my analysis.
As I have written in another blog post (“The Demise of Democracy”), the political parties slander each other so much in their struggle to be elected that the common voter becomes disgusted with both parties.
When I ask someone whom he or she will vote for, it is not uncommon for them to reply, “Neither.” People seem to be unhappy with all politicians.
This climate creates openings for fresh faces—often populists who promise to make change happen—to come out of nowhere and get elected. For example, Trump: he neither was nor is a Republican. He is an independent leader.
Now, AMLO has been elected in Mexico: he is another big (E) whose election slogan was, “Together we will make history.” He led a new party and defeated the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) that dominated Mexican politics for almost a hundred years. Although the candidate of PRI was unquestionably highly qualified to lead, his party was accused of extensive corruption and performed poorly in the polls.
The candidate of the National Action Party (PAN) had to deal with some baggage. While he threatened to take the sitting president to jail for corruption if he were elected, he himself was accused of money laundering.
AMLO came into the political sphere without baggage. But, much like Trump, he was considered a loose cannon (although while Trump’s agenda is that of a rightist, ALMOS’s is that of a leftist).
AMLO is full of ideas: there are many projects he wants to implement, from planting fruit trees on thousands of hectares to launching a full-scale attack on corruption.
I just read a list of over thirty projects he has in mind, and the list is growing daily.
If AMLO shoots at all targets simultaneously, he might hit some, but he also might shoot himself in the foot.
In my opinion, he has a laundry list of projects, and a laundry list is not a plan. But, a plan also designates the sequence with which you carry your tasks. Sneezing and then wiping your nose is not the same as wiping your nose and then sneezing. Attacking all targets in a hurry to give the appearance of progress does not mean making progress. Flooring the gas pedal while your car is in neutral does not make you move forward.
Will he make history in Mexico? I doubt it. The probability is higher that he will create a real mess. He has a very big (E)-style. He excites with good intentions and promises, but unless he has the (A) to harness the energy released by (E), he will not produce results.
Ichak Kalderon Adizes