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Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012

Columnist says Peña Nieto, to move Mexico forward, must fashion compromises with other parties

Eduardo Ruiz-Healy says he had backed Calderón in part because he thought, mistakenly, that Calderón would be a negotiator

Eduardo Ruiz-Healy writes in a column entitled "Make political compromise or the devil will take us" that he got to know Felipe Calderón in 1989 when the National Action Party politician was 27 and serving on the Mexico City council. Ruiz-Healy wrote that Calderón would appear on Ruiz-Healy's "Crossfire" program and was not intimidated by older and more experienced guests; Ruiz-Healy said he figured out then and there that Calderón would go far. Ruiz-Healy said he supported Calderón when he ran for the presidency of the PAN, the PAN's presidential nomination and as the PAN candidate for president. Ruiz-Healy said he figured that Calderón, with all his legislative experience, would work out a compromise with other parties to carry the country forward.

The columnist writes: "Someday we'll know why Calderón, instead of negotiating and making political compromise, opted to confront his opponents and those who were not 100% in agreement with him, forgetting that he was elected by a minority of citizens and with the smallest of margins over AMLO (Andrés Manuel López Obrador). By deciding not to listen to other points of view he made mistaken decisions and the results are in full view. He and the majority of those who worked with him will be remembered as some of the most mediocre public servants who have arrived at the pinnacle of power."

He said that if the Institutional Revolutionary Party's Enrique Peña Nieto wants to be successful as president, he will have to do what Calderón did not and make political compromise. Otherwise, he said, "The devil will take us all." Ruiz-Healy's column.

Update, Aug. 15: Ruiz-Healy said the naming of former finance minister Ernesto Cordero to head the PAN Senate delegation is a mistake because he lacks legislative experience. Ruiz-Healy says it is a demonstration of the problem of the Calderón administration: Calderón has rewarded those most loyal to him rather than promote those who would provide the best chance for the country to move forward. Ruiz-Healy's column (PDF).

June: Ruiz-Healy wonders where the money to pay for political promises will come from.
December 2011: Ruiz-Healy on López Obrador's "Amorous Republic."
September 2011: Ruiz-Healy on killings of journalists.
August 2011: Ruiz-Healy corrects self on column on Coahuila debt, blasts state officials for providing misleading information