Let’s not ignore the one fact that even Politico begrudgingly acknowledged: the majority of Latino voters are English-speaking.
Hugely popular singer Vicente Fernández (Chente to his fans), idol of the Mexican working class, momentarily suspended his retirement to take on a commission from the Clinton campaign to write a corrido for Hillary out of his devotion for her possibly large stipend, but who knows?
After taking to Chente’s musical director (wait, wasn’t Chente retired?) last week Chente’s songwriter was so inspired by Hillary that he adapted the song Los Mandados in half an hour, and, presto! here is the result, in full bloom and video production values:
“With all respect, today I make public my support of Mrs. Hillary Clinton. This is for defending my Mexican and Latin American brothers and sisters.”
Con todo respeto hoy he hecho pública mi simpatía hacia la Sra.Hillary linton.Esto por defender a mis hermanos mexicanos y latinoamericanos pic.twitter.com/9SfM6QZpBd
— Vicente Fernandez (@_VicenteFdez) September 21, 2016
I can’t wait for Chente’s youngest son, Alejandro, to follow suit, especially if he wears those tight trousers he favors.
I also wonder what Chente would say if, for instance, Bruce Springsteen made political videos favoring a Mexican presidential candidate.
In one of those happy coincidences, on the same day another video of celebrities endorsing Hillary was released. Like the Chente video, it preaches to the choir.
This is the most convincing ad for Trump I’ve ever seen. https://t.co/8rzZdxQOGc
— Ben Domenech (@bdomenech) September 21, 2016
Professor Robert George took the more serious view,
Well, I actually recognized one of these self-proclaimed famous people, and he is indeed a (standard issue) Hollywood liberal (Martin Sheen). So evidently this is not what I would otherwise have supposed it to be: a thinly veiled effort by Trump supporters to induce their man’s critics to vote for him by highlighting the elitism, narcissism, and self-importance of so many celebrities who favor Clinton. It is actually meant to be a pro-Clinton ad
I don’t know about you, but the prospect of Mark Ruffalo showing his private parts in a film does not fill me with desire, much less with desire to vote, and definitely not with desire to vote for Hillary. Maybe somebody ought to tell Hollywood writer/producer/director Joss Whedon (“Avengers,” “Firefly”) whose new super PAC, Save the Day, produced the video.
And no, I wouldn’t vote for Hillary even if Clive Owen showed up and asked me in person.
The death of Leni Riefenstahl has clearly left a great void.
Cross-posted at WoW! Magazine.
Dan Henninger aces it.
A Mexican currency analyst has found that the peso declines as Trump’s odds for POTUS rise:
Over the past four months, Mexico’s currency has repeatedly declined when Trump’s election outlook improves and rallied when his odds of winning slump. The peso tumbled to a 2 1/2-month low Monday after his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, canceled a two-day trip to California because she’s suffering from pneumonia.
. . .
“There’s not a lot of appetite to go long the peso given the risk for a Trump victory,” said [head of currency strategy for Grupo Financiero Banorte SAB in Mexico City Juan Carlos] Alderete, who develops game plans for a team of currency and options traders at Mexico’s largest publicly-traded bank. “Among the different risk factors that affect all markets, this is one that could have greater consequences specifically for Mexico.”
And it makes Mexican goods less expensive for the American market.
Donald Trump’s recent visit to Mexico, widely seen in the country as a humiliation, claimed a high-profile political victim on Wednesday with the resignation of Finance Minister Luis Videgaray, President Enrique Peña Nieto’s closest adviser.
Mr. Videgaray, who played a key role in helping orchestrate the Trump trip, was succeeded by José Antonio Meade, the country’s social development minister and former finance chief, Mr. Peña Nieto told a news conference.
When I first heard that Peña Nieto’s had invited both Hillary and The Donald, I imagined that Enrique expected two no-shows. Now I can imagine a conversation in the likes of,
Luis: Let’s get Hillary here so you and her can beat up Trump on immigration.
Enrique: Great idea!
where neither Luis nor Enrique took into account that a. Hillary’s not placing herself into any situation she can not control, b. she’s better off running out the clock until election day, and c. no [Clinton Foundation donation] money, no honey.
But enough daydreaming.
Videgaray’s resignation is not good news, as
The former investment banker was widely seen as the brains behind the Mexican president and the driving force behind a series of high-profile overhauls in the past few years, including opening Mexico’s closed oil industry to private investment for the first time since 1938.
On his first full day in office, Mexico’s new finance minister, José Antonio Meade, has the task of presenting Congress with a budget proposal for 2017 that will slash government spending to confront further declines in oil revenue and rein in growing public debt.
Over at the WaPo Aaron Blake writes about Trump’s reply to Matt Lauer’s question in last night’s foreign policy forum,
MATT LAUER: When you’re commander-in-chief, you can spark a conflict, you can destabilize a region, you can put American lives at risk. Can we afford to take that risk with you?
Trump replied with a non-sequitur,
TRUMP: Well, I think absolutely. I think if you saw what happened in Mexico the other day, where I went there, I had great relationships, everything else. I let them know where the United States stands. I mean, we’ve been badly hurt by Mexico, both on the border and with taking all of our jobs or a big percentage of our jobs.
And if you look at what happened, look at the aftermath today, where the people that arranged the trip in Mexico have been forced out of government. That’s how well we did.
Mostly, though, it’s an odd claim because Trump insinuates very clearly that his goal was to shake up the Mexican government.
Maybe, maybe not. We’ll never know because Lauer didn’t press on the point and went on with other questions on his list.
Cross-posted at WoW! Magazine.
I have a post coming up at noon. Here’s a teaser: Hillary seethes while Trump shows up.
The ninety-minute meeting between Trump and Peña Nieto is scheduled for 3pm Mexico time (2pm Eastern).
Read my post, Mr. Trump goes to Mexico.
Headline on Bloomberg Business Channel: Mexicans wake to shock and awe on Trump visit. Their website headline reads, Trump’s Surprise Visit Sparks Outrage in Mexico. The more the Mexicans protest, the more Trump has to gain.
Daniel Ortega is running for a third term.
Last week, Nicaragua’s Supreme Electoral Council
ousted 16 opposition legislators from the Liberal Independent Party and its ally the Sandinista Renovation Movement Friday for not recognizing their officially sanctioned leader. That leader, Pedro Reyes, had recently been given that authority by theSupreme Court, which removed the opposition party’s previous leader following a long-running political dispute. Reyes is seen by some within his own party as a tool of Ortega.
The 16 legislators removed from their seats supported the party’s former leader Eduardo Montealegre and refused to recognize Reyes, who said the vacant seats will be filled by party members who recognize him.
Carlos Langrand, one of the ousted lawmakers, said through his Twitter account: “We have been unseated for not lowering our heads before the dictatorship of Daniel Ortega.”
You could call it a coup; indeed, the Twitter handle is #GolpeEnNicaragua.
Yesterday Ortega named his wife, Rosario Murillo, age 65, as his running mate, keeping it all in the family
Mr Ortega, 70, is a former left-wing guerrilla who formed part of the government junta following the Sandinista revolution against the dictatorship of the Somoza family, which ruled Nicaragua for four decades.
The Cuban-inspired Sandinistas seized power in 1979.Since returning to office nearly a decade ago, Ortega has methodically and completely dismantled Nicaragua’s fragile institutional democracy from within and reshaped the laws in a way that support his personal aspirations to create a one-party system that he can govern unopposed till death do they part. By hook and crook, Ortega and his lackeys have taken control of all four branches of government, implemented a repressive zero-tolerance policy for street protests, and rewritten the constitution to eliminate checks and balances.
The party lost elections in the 1990s, but Mr Ortega returned to power in January 2007, after a successful election campaign.
Tim Rogers writes about Why we should care that Nicaragua is becoming a dictatorship (again)
Since returning to office nearly a decade ago, Ortega has methodically and completely dismantled Nicaragua’s fragile institutional democracy from within and reshaped the laws in a way that support his personal aspirations to create a one-party system that he can govern unopposed till death do they part. By hook and crook, Ortega and his lackeys have taken control of all four branches of government, implemented a repressive zero-tolerance policy for street protests, and rewritten the constitution to eliminate checks and balances.
Rogers’s point is that democracy matters.
But, when it comes down to Nicaragua, nobody seems to care.