Vote perhaps not rocked

I must note here that one of the singular joys of this position is finding something that fits into multiple categories, though I must admit that I never imagined it would be these two.

Anyway, Rebecca Black, who will be fifteen this month, has issued her presidential endorsement — for the president of Mexico, anyway:

Black, whose mother is originally from Mexico, traveled to Morelos, Mexico to endorse the front-runner in nation’s on-going presidential campaign, Enrique Peña Nieto of the Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI). Through an interpreter, Black spoke about the importance of youth involvement in politics and offered supportive words to her presidential pick.

“Peña Nieto is going to do a fantastic job,” Black said.

Peña Nieto, six years the governor of the State of Mexico, declared his interest in moving to the adjacent Distrito Federal last year; he’s a regular José Biden.

It is of course possible to be cynical about this endorsement:

Latina entertainment reporter Astrid Capon claims in her videoblog that Black offered her endorsement because her uncle, Gustavo Petricioli is a city council member for the PRI in the capital city of Morelos state [Cuernavaca]. Capon also says that Black’s endorsement should be embarrassment to the PRI party.

Reaction has been half-fast and partially furious.


  1. McGehee »

    1 June 2012 · 7:33 am

    I’m sorry, but any country that managed to be a virtual one-party state for generations is kind of hard to take seriously.

    Didn’t anyone ever point out the contradiction of calling the permanent ruling party “revolutionary?” Let alone the internal contradiction of the revolution being an institution…

  2. Ric Locke »

    1 June 2012 · 9:05 am

    Sympathetic magic, McGehee, using the names instead of the reality. Not exactly an uncommon thing in politics.

    For those who don’t know: The approximate analogies are PRI = Democrats, PAN = Republicans, PRD = Marxists. Young Ms. Black has thus endorsed a relative who’s a Democrat, which the Mexicans would have regarded as “cute” up ’til recently. Post F&F I think they aren’t finding that sort of thing quite as amusing as they used to.

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