Thank You, Mr. Gore
William Shakespeare (1564–1616), The Tragedy of Macbeth
The conservative party won the official count in the disputed presidential race, a come-from-behind victory for the controversial candidate. But his left wing rival refused to concede and said he’d fight the results in court. But the court upheld the original results, and the conservative was declared the winner.
Then, at the swearing in, the newly elected candidate was sworn in with a chaotic ceremony preceded by a brawl between lawmakers of the rival parties….
Ah. That did not happen here. That was Mexico, this past Friday.
Felipe Calderon, a conservative who preached free-market values and financial stability during the campaign, had 35.88% of the votes, and his opponent, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who blamed fraud for his narrow loss in the vote count and called on his supporters to fill Mexico City’s main square Saturday in a show of force, had 35.31%. The margin of victory was about 220,000 out of 41 million.
Earlier, the conservative Calderon took control of the presidential residence in an unusual midnight ceremony with President Vincente Fox, swearing in part of his Cabinet. In that private ceremony, broadcast live from Los Pinos, Fox handed the presidential sash to a military cadet as his term ended at midnight.
That left experts on Mexico's constitution, which requires presidents to be sworn in "before congress," puzzled over whether Mexico had a president or not earlier Friday morning.
Saturday, entering the congressional chamber thorough a small door directly behind the lectern, Calderon quickly swore to uphold the Mexican Constitution. As the Mexican anthem was played, stilling the shouting and brawling for a moment, Calderon quickly exited as the Congress adjourned. "He did it! He did it!" chanted ruling party lawmakers.
Makes prying the letter ‘W’ off of keyboards look pretty tame, doesn’t it?
Thank you, Mr. Gore, for accepting your defeat the way you did, and providing an example of why the American Republic is the strong and vibrant democracy that it is.