Exit Poll

I don’t have much to say about the outcome of Mexico’s presidential election, other than to note that it was probably time for a change given the outgoing president’s plans for the future (via the Sydney Morning Herald‘s William Booth):

President Felipe Calderon has been telling guests that he and his family are likely to leave Mexico after his term expires in December. It will be too dangerous to remain, he warns in private conversation, because powerful drug mafias might come after him.

For the commander-in-chief of Mexico’s US-backed drug war to suggest he has not provided enough security to live in his country is a stunning revelation – and may be seen as either an admission of failure or evidence of just how hard he has fought and how far Mexico needs to go.

B’lieve I’d go with the former interpretation.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.