It would be quite the short list of president and/or prime minister that I would be comfortable walking my dog. In my estimation, most of the planets current leaders are bland losers or actual evil people. So I’m not exactly the best defender of the establishment or whatever. But one has to wonder if this is the time to dive into some kind of mysterious wonderland.
In North America, USA’s got Trump. Canada is led by a ninth grade drama teacher.
In Europe, Italy is now in the hands of a former C-grade professor / bicycle mechanic. Turkey just re-upped with a guy that would make even the most jaded 17th Century Sultan jealous. Britain remains in the hands of the least effective prime minister since Chamberlain. Germany still has that lady who refuses to even firmly decide what she wants for lunch. The verdict is still out on Macron, who could implode at any moment.
I’m not even going to get into Africa and Asia which are for the most part still led by the usual battery of dictators, crooks, race baiters, and closet Chelsea fans.
In South America, Nicaragua has now joined Venezuela on the list of countries where it’s totally cool if the police execute you on the streets. Argentina seems set to go broke, again. The aforementioned Venezuela is probably now poorer than it was in 1945.
So you would think in elections now’s about the time to pick the blandest person ever. Just elect a coat rack for all I care. The coat rack can just hang out in El Presidente’s office for the next few years and just ride out this filth.
Instead, Mexico seems bent to elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador in a landslide, aka AMLO, aka serial election loser and revolutionary, aka former mayor of Mexico City, aka lunatic.
Maybe AMLO has what it takes to lead a dysfunctional Mexico in a troubled world. Maybe not getting to sit in the big chair so many times has humbled the guy and he really does indeed mean to tackle corruption. But I doubt it.
In the end, men are what they are. AMLO is cut from the same cloth of the current horrible men running Nicaragua and Venezuela. Mexico should elect the coat rack. They won’t. And AMLO is going to make them pay for that foolish vote for years.
Photograph of an incompetent dictator, Circa 2023.