“It’s Deja Vu all over again…”
Yogi Berra, baseball Hall of Famer is more famous for things he said over the years than playing baseball, “It’s Deja Vu all over again” for example.
Laughingly, or sadly, it reflects what President Donald J. Trump is doing since voters rejected four more years of Trump. His landslide wipeout in Electoral College votes – 306 to 232, with 270 needed to win the Presidency per the Constitution, is exactly that, a Trump-defined “landslide” victory.”
Ironically, that is the exact number of electoral votes Joe Biden Jr. will win the Presidency with when the “College” votes in December.
This same situation occurred in 2006, almost exactly. Yes, almost exactly. Not here in the U.S. It occurred in Mexico next door.
The 70-year-long political quasi-dictatorship and world-class corruption of the ruling political party, the Stalinist doppelganger Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) was soundly beaten in 2006 by the popular Vicente Fox-led political party of the Center Right, the free market PAN party. In fact, the PRI ran a pathetic third, so pathetic it was beaten by the upstart leftist PRD (Partido Revolucionario Democrático) led by ultra-leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, or AMLO.
The winner was Fox associate, lawyer Felipe Calderon. He didn’t win by much, 1.6% or so. He lost in poverty-smothered Southern Mexico in states where the Western Hemisphere’s largest indigenous population lives, where the least educated, less prosperous, highly rural Mexico with high unemployment prevails. This was AMLO territory.
In sharp contrast was Calderon territory in the economically boisterous Central and Northern Mexico, areas where Free Enterprise-advocate Calderon won his winning margin from better off Mexicans who are making Mexico’s economy grow exponentially. Mexico is projected to have the 5th or sixth largest economy in the world in 20 years.
Loser AMLO, demanded a recount by the national nonpartisan Federal Election Institute (IFE) now named the “Instituto Nacional Electoral” (INE). He wanted every vote cast to be counted again. The agency ordered a recount of 16,000 voting districts, precincts, randomly selected — with some from every state (31 states and Mexico City).
The nation held its breath. Never in the modern history of Mexico had there been a real transparent challenge of voting results. Never a real recount. The votes were counted in the selected districts and the vote result was projected to be essentially the same as on election day. Calderon won; he was sworn in as President Felipe Calderon on December 1, 2006, to serve his one-six year term.
In his Inauguration speech, President Calderon declared war on the Mexican narcos who controlled much of rural Mexico. That war was energetically waged until Calderon was replaced by his successor, the PRI’s Enrique Pena Nieto, who, his critics say, brought massive corruption back into the government, into the Presidency itself.
On December 1, 2006, while Calderon was being sworn in, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) staged his own “inauguration” complete with feverish crowds; he appointed “officials” of Mexico’s “true Presidency,” he demanded his supporters hit the streets for “vote justice.” He ordered his supporters to demonstrate in such numbers as to shut businesses down so the government could not collect its main source of revenue, the nation’s direct consumer tax of 15% on all transactions.
AMLO and his people cost Mexico billions of pesos in business and government revenue, maybe trillions.
Since the November 3rd election, Donald Trump is acting exactly like AMLO did in 2006 by refusing to acknowledge he lost the election to Joe Biden, by demanding his supporters insist on recounts and, elimination of millions of properly cast legal votes that were counted but were, it is charged, products of a massive national conspiracy that literally changed Trump votes to Biden votes by a foreign company using — algorithms.
Sidney Powell is the controversial lawyer making those claims. Trump lawyer Giuliani announced that Powell is not representing President Trump, if she ever was.
The lawyerly claims have been massively covered by American media. As of this moment, not a scintilla of evidence to prove anything has surfaced. So far Trump, like AMLO in 2006, has not admitted defeat, nor, we suspect, will he ever.
What AMLO did is he organized a new political party and ran in 2018 for a six year term of President. He continued to harp that the 2006 election was stolen from him. His revenge? He was elected President at the head of his new party with 60% of the vote.
Will Trump continue emulating Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and come back from 2020’s humiliating defeat in 2024 at the age of 78 to run for President again, and win — like AMLO?
Is it really “Deja Vu all over again or is it “The sky is falling?”