Why then not and now yes? Cristina Kirchner put the campaign on her shoulder in the Province, where his reign is played. But it is difficult to explain if it is contrasted with the previous strategy in which he knew how to run optically to the background, for which he chose two unnatural alliances. One, with Alberto Fernández, who had never rested from giving him thick accusations. The other, with Sergio Massa, who in 2013 mercilessly woke her up from her dream of eternal Cristina and her going for everything.
Three personalities, then, very malleable. Is it Cristina? New difficulty: say yes. There is one factor that is clear enough: he commands, he knows how to do it and he enjoys doing it. It would be the simplest explanation, but not the only one nor the predominant. Another, on that list, is more complex and is based on reading the polls: Fernández no longer adds or, worse, subtracts. Massa weighs as he can, which is nothing new. And the youth, which was a firm basis for Kirchnerism, entered a stage of detachment or atony.
Her invariable self-references explain Cristina better than anything or anyone. She is not satisfied with the government of which she is part and it shows, for which he no longer trusts the political ability of those he elected, and then assumes the burden of the campaign with the Kicillof company. It is a reconcentration towards the hard core to try to win but it is the opposite of what led her to victory. One does not think, for example, neither of Scioli, always ready, nor of Berni, who is already one more opponent of Fernández.
That is the most flagrant contradiction: if it did not work then, that they had the impulse of the collapse of Macri, why will it work now, in the midst of the pandemic and the even worse social and economic situation.
There is also a huge effort to find an epic that excites. The vice president recalled those “happy days” of her tenure, did she get confused? period to relive that “feat” but today’s society does not live on memories but has to deal with inflation, hopelessness and the thousands of deaths from the pandemic. What epic, beyond the fanatics and deniers, can abstract society from this complicated life?
In a few days Kirchnerism, after threatening to go for the nationalization of health, in the midst of a pandemic very poorly managed from the State, it was for the freight trains and, he says for a limited time, for the Hidrovía. Is it to believe? These are messages that do not enter the campaign speeches, but are repeated in our own ranks: we continue to advance, they get excited.
That message fights with this other, especially outside of Christianity that voted for the formula: the promised moderation that Fernández embezzled collides with Cristina and her needs, which they never stop being judicial. To get rid of them you need to have more power in Congress and that is clearly in doubt. The difference is very difficult for him to find it outside, as he found it in 2019. And inside there seems to be nothing left over.
The pandemic is no longer an excuse. Fernández had said that he preferred the economy to fall 10 percent and not have 100,000 deaths. No more questions, Your Honor.
Vaccines have been a complete sample of malpractice. Now, with a decree – better late than never – an attempt is made to correct the gross errors.
Finally, this other rarity: according to various surveys, Cristina shares with Macri the podiums of the bad image. But both were filled with votes in the presidential elections. Cristina takes over the campaign. Macri goes on vacation in the middle of the crucial negotiation for the candidacies.
The harsh Mediterranean summer sun has always been a draw for the former president, much more than politics.