One of Cristina’s favorite moments is the conformation of the lists of candidates. Since 2011, when that task was exclusively in his hands, he enjoys like few others defining the political destiny of so many Peronist leaders. And now he has relived that pleasure of distribute prizes and take revenge. With his inexorable pen, he blessed those who are going to contest the PASO and the legislative elections on behalf of the Frente de Todos.
“Once I had to wait seven hours in a cafe near the Casa Rosada”says a Peronist lady who later became a senator. “We were with another colleague and a secretary came to look for us, but it turned out that he summoned me and she was exiled. This is always the case since the candidates are chosen by Cristina; Anyone who says otherwise is lying ”, completes the anecdote. A whole scene from the tragic opera for Argentine politics.
The monarchical style with which the Vice President elected the candidates has an unknown in the province of Buenos Aires. At the top of the official ballot of the Frente de Todos is Victoria Tolosa Paz, the secretary of Social Policies who was gaining space as spicy debater in the media and that, in addition to being the wife of the Peronist publicist Pepe Albistur, she is a leader well aligned with Alberto Fernández. Cristina was also careful to retain 10 of the first 15 applicants.
The election of Tolosa Paz as the first Buenos Aires candidate has an explanation of real politik for Kirchnerism. The surveys commissioned in the last weeks for Cristina do not indicate good omens in electoral terms. “No candidate of ours surpassed the Frente de Todos brand, not even Berni (Sergio),” explain those who frequent the Instituto Patria. Some polls place them above, but too close to the opposition, and in some kept in reserve a handful of dots appear directly below.
Therefore, Cristina’s equation ended up simplified in a phrase that Kirchnerism repeats with a smile. “If we win, we all win; and if we lose, the one who loses is Alberto because the first candidates in the Province and in the City are his ”. The first hypothesis of the Vice President had been to pressure so that the primus inter pares electoral was Santiago Cafiero, but the President resisted the maneuver as best he could and proposed the novelty of Tolosa Paz. In Buenos Aires, things were much easier because Kirchnerism cares very little about the district. That is the reason why Leandro Santoro, another media polemicist, and the journalist Gisela Marziotta, ended up at the forefront of the ballot where Peronism is the opposition.
With shades that have been around for a year and a half, in the Casa Rosada and in the Kirchnerist plants they expect a difficult election. They accelerate the vaccination operation as best they can to deal with the health issue and some rales of reactivation of consumption to appease the demand for a society burdened by the deaths of the Covid, the lack of vaccines (dramatic in the case of second doses) and an exhausted economy, especially at the level of SMEs, in the agony of businesses and in the freezing of employment. And if there is a place where those are perceived recessive symptoms It is in the decisive industrial cordon of Greater Buenos Aires.
To that we must add an unexpected crisis. The internal government triggered by the refusal of Agustín Rossi to step down from his candidacy for senator for Santa Fe. From Peru and on television, the President forced him to resign, opening a crack that even caused a surprising watershed in Kirchnerism. “Agustín played it many times in the worst moments and what we did to him is not fair,” acknowledge officials and leaders who esteem him. The open-air dispute between Rossi and Governor Omar Perotti also puts at risk an always complicated choice for the alarming security situation in Santa Fe.
During the campaign, the candidate Victoria Tolosa Paz and the Chief of Cabinet, Santiago Cafiero, visited the municipality of Almirante Brown.
Alberto tries to define the best option to replace Rossi in the Defense Ministry. The alternative of running Sabina Frederic from the Security portfolio it would open an opportunity to Kirchnerism in a position that he always watched with interest. The easiest way out would be make the direct replacement in Defense and not moving the entire shelf in the middle of the electoral campaign. “Now there are more who want to take off than those who want to get closer”, explains a resigned minister in favor of not making waves. After the election, it will be another scenario.
These are times when problems crop up everywhere. Martín Guzmán admits what everyone already knew: that the negotiation with the Monetary Fund is not going to close before the elections. Y inexplicable romance Alberto with Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua is closing doors of foreign policy that later it is very difficult to reopen.
However, the overacting with Maduro, Díaz Canel or the Ortega couple do not cause Alberto Fernández more problems than his multiple meetings at all hours at the Quinta de Olivos. It is not about the outrage or the media audience generated by the nightly advisers, actresses or lucky Asian businessmen that he receives in the house that the State granted him for four years.
What you don’t deserve this Argentina hit by the confinements, infections and deaths is that their rulers violate with such contempt the same rules that they imposed, with crusader rigor to all of society. What is missing is called empathy and it is the reason for the anguish that, at any moment, could start to burn in the polls.