December 8, 2013
SUNDAY COLUMNISTs ROUND-UPMonday, September 9, 2013
Views and opinions from yesterday’s newspapers
Clarín’s Eduardo van der Kooy on a crumbling model:
If the presidential elections were held this month and the only candidates were Buenos Aires Governor Daniel Scioli and Sergio Massa, the mayor of Tigre would defeat Scioli 50 to 30 percent, according to a national poll.
Everybody is trying to figure out where Massa’s strength lies. Perhaps the matter is not Massa’s power, but the exhaustion of many Peronists who supported the Kirchnerite model since 2003. These Peronists have grown tired of the administration and its myriad of mistakes. To make matters worse, Fernández de Kirchner’s era is showing increasing sings of depletion. These symptoms have multiplied since the recent electoral defeat. The president’s leadership is in crisis.
The ultra-Kirchnerite youth group La Cámpora, once the pride of the government, now is only good at sparking conflict. Recently, La Cámpora hosted a barbecue in the premises of the former Navy School ESMA and infuriated most human rights organizations. With friends like these, Fernández de Kirchner has no need of more enemies.
La Nación’s Joaquín Morales Solá on the ‘red circle’:
President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and her government keep insisting with the idea of a supposed coup. But her main problem is that not a single politician of the opposition has ever hinted that she should end her term before 2015. Nor have the media suggested something of the sort. It seems as if the president and her allies want a coup to end their administration in an epic manner that could pave the way for a triumphant political comeback in the future.
Buenos Aires City Mayor Mauricio Macri recently helped her goal when he mentioned an alleged “red circle” during an interview to refer to a supposed group of advisers.
The mayor tried to justify his alliance in Buenos Aires province with Sergio Massa by saying he was “forced” into it by the opinions of the “red circle.” A more realistic explanation would be that Macri lacks a proper candidate for the province and, even if he had found someone, Massa would have defeated him easily. Just as he defeated Fernández de Kirchner’s Martín Insaurralde.
Página/12’s Horacio Verbitsky on a matter of security:
As soon as it was announced that Alejandro Granados would be the head of the newly created Security Ministry in the Buenos Aires province, a video showing some statements he made went viral. It was filmed in 1999 and showed him with his arm on a sling because he had been shot in an attempted robbery.
Granados said that “we are at war with criminals, and the battles must be fought. You either kill or you die.” He boasted about the .38 calibre pistol he had used to defend himself and said that “every house should have a gun.”
After his new appointment though, Granados said that he was all for crime prevention, adding that the police should heavily patrol the streets and be honest. Which of these two antagonist profiles will prevail remains to be seen. For now, the creation of a new ministry, the call to bring back retired officers, and the flood of border guards in Buenos Aires province show both the complete failure of Governor Daniel Scioli’s policies since 2007 and the Kirchnerite response to Sergio Massa’s successful campaign, which was heavily based on the issue of security.
In a desperate attempt to steal some voters from Tigre’s mayor, some government officials went a little too far. Security Secretary Sergio Berni said that “in almost every crime there is a minor involved.” Martín Insaurralde, Mayor of Lomas de Zamora and the top Kirchnerite candidate to Congress, proposed lowering the age of criminal responsibility.