Three-ring politics


I have the impression that in Argentina, politics is always something of a circus, and that everyone revels in the madness. The latest uproar started on Wednesday, when the opposition said it was poised to take control of the Senate with a 37-seat coalition (they already have control of the lower chamber). This would have been a huge blow to the Kirchners.

Would have been.

As it turned out, Senator Number 37 (80-year-old former president and marrier of hot women half his age,Ai?? Carlos Menem) decided not to show up for a key vote to form the new coalition. Not only did he not show up, he didn’t tell anyone he was not showing up, and he hid from the media.

Now ClarAi??n has a reporter staked out outside Menem’s golf club residence, giving a blow-by-blow of the Senator’s daily routine:

At precisely four in the afternoon, after having taken a short nap and taking advantage of the cloud cover, Menem arrived to the tee with his caddy and a few friends to play nine holes, although the course was wet from the heavy rain that had fallen in recent days.

Did Menem make a deal with the Kirchners at the last minute? Or is he just playing Joe Lieberman? I have no doubt this will be immensely entertaining between now and the new vote next Wednesday.

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  1. By | Lat/Am Daily on March 3, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    [...] opposition today in Argentina’s Senate, giving them a 37-seat majority in that chamber. Menem failed to appear for the key vote last week, causing major embarrassment to the opposition. [...]

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