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Serra in disarray “campaigns” for Lula da Silva’s protégé Dilma

Monday, August 30th 2010 - 07:03 UTC
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While the Brazilian ruling coalition presidential candidate Dilma Rousseff consolidates her lead in opinion polls and is almost certain to win in the first round October 3, her main rival Jose Serra’s campaign seems to have fallen in disarray. Read full article


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  • Think

    Continuity on the heterodox policies of the South-American motor.
    I'm beginning to feel optimistic for the next years of cooperation.
    What a lesson for those “Doomsday Besserwissers” reading The Economist.

    Aug 30th, 2010 - 07:44 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Forgetit87

    “ She trailed Serra in the polls as recently as June.”

    She did not. In serious polls she's been in advantage over him ever since mid-May. Her advantage has been recent only in Datafolha polls. Datafolha belongs to Grupo Folha, an umbrella group to which Folha de São Paulo is also a part of. Folha is a right-wing journal that last year laudated the Brazilian dictatorship and spread some misinformation about Dilma's past on the basis of forged documents it had obtained through a website maintained by former military who worked as torturers during the dictatorship (in her youth Dilma belonged to an armed guerrilla group that fought the dictatorship).

    As for the elections, Serra's stance is a very curious one. He says he won't change current economic policy. But he says no one can guarantee Dilma won't change things around. But if Dilma cannot represent continuity, how can he?

    Aug 30th, 2010 - 08:35 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think

    (2) Forgetit87
    You say:
    “If Dilma cannot represent continuity, how can he?”

    I say:
    In my humble opinion, his only chance would be to try to implement a Wittgensteinian hermeneutic double-loop elliptical incongruence.
    But, as we all know, this is easily said than done. :-)

    Aug 30th, 2010 - 09:26 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Forgetit87

    lol :)

    Unless Dilma be caught on camera selling drugs to kids in front of a school, I think she'll keep growing until election day.

    Aug 30th, 2010 - 04:31 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think

    Well.... thats precisely what I said at (3) just in other words :-)))

    Aug 30th, 2010 - 06:09 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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