Saturday, December 14, 2002

Kingfishery and Kingcakery - Michael Crowley has an interesting and engaging analysis of Mary Landrieu's recent electoral success in The New Republic. He pins the sugar card as most important, and I can't argue with him on that. The article also mentions the Louisiana GOP's efforts to suppress the black vote, though this is by no means a major point of the article. On the whole, it is a good analysis. But there is one little thing that I need to correct. Crowley refers to the Mexican newspaper Reforma as an "obscure" newspaper. This could not be further from the truth. La Reforma, as it is called in Mexico, is one of the nation's three leading newspapers. More importantly, however, this newspaper is the single most important "independent" newspaper in the country, which played no little part in bringing Vicente Fox and the agenda of the PAN (Mexico's Conservative National Action Party) to the helm of government. Furthermore, a report by La Reforma on anything business or trade related must be taken seriously. It is a newspaper that tends to be pro-business and the veracity of its stories, in my opinion, is more reliable than any other newspaper in the country. If it reports a sugar trade deal, I would believe it.

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