[Marxism] COHA: Correa’s Most Surprising, Most Important Victory

Walter Lippmann walterlx at earthlink.net
Mon Nov 27 12:12:29 MST 2006

Monday, November 27th, 2006

Ecuadorean Elections: 
Correa’s Most Surprising, Most Important Victory

    * The Pink Tide resumes its South American course
    * A major defeat for U.S. regional diplomacy
    * Malign neglect does not work when it comes 
       to advancing genuine U.S. national interests

The astonishing comeback of Rafael Correa from what appeared to be a
definitive first round defeat marks one of the most extraordinary
reversals of the political fate of a South American leader within
memory. Correa’s victory also represents a significant triumph for
the average Ecuadorean who refused to be beguiled by Álvaro Noboa’s
well-fueled, so-called populist, but splash-dash campaign. In a poor
country like Ecuador, Noboa’s unparalleled expenditure of money –
some of it handed out personally by him – was a hardly-concealed
effort to buy an election. Meanwhile, Correa ran an issue-oriented
campaign centered on alleviating the dead-end plight of the nation’s


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