How did we get to this

1) Nobody knows who she works for: Mr. Rafael Santos enjoys what is called telegenics in communication. It is the quality of those favored people when they appear on television. But his is not a simple telegeny, like the handsome one. It is complex. It fits in with the style of Jeff Daniels’ character in the film The fool and the dumbest. Daniels was the blonde. He has a memorable scene with no greater resources than his talent and a toilet. Not just anyone does that.

In the first debate Mr. Santos had a comparable performance. He spent almost all of his time attacking the then pointer Yohnny lescano with a vehemence inversely proportional to the importance of the complaints he made. His proposals, if he had any, became forgettable.

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What you did not notice then, and probably never will, is the consequence of your actions. The votes that Mr. Lescano had left by caricaturing him as corrupt, radical and degenerate, at that very moment began to migrate towards an unknown candidate and much more uncertain than the one he was referring to, Mr. Castillo. They say that now Mr. Santos is recognized on the street. Good for him.

2) The inconsistent teacher: The Lord Pedro Castillo It is an example of how teacher unionism can be a quick shortcut to a presidential race in Peru. Students, wait. Ideological clarity, expendable. Government plan, a shrug of the shoulders. Own improvisation feeds on the anti-vote of others.

The ways of power demand a good stomach and little disgust. Everything becomes a stepping stone, from the Movadef to Mr. Cerrón’s appendix condition. As nothing is defined by absolute lack, subjecting what does not exist to a debate is an impossible act. That is why avoiding controversy becomes a natural disposition.

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What Castillo is clear about is that what should be done in case of winning is no longer his problem. It belongs to the voters. Of those who took him there and those who did not.

3) The curse of the motorcycle taxi: More than innocence it is idiocy to spit at the sky thinking that the projectile will remain suspended in the air. What Mrs. Fujimori did when she had more than seven dozen congressmen at her command calls for an act of contrition of which there is no news so far. Even Kenji has cried. But for her sister the word forgiveness is still something like a ravaged murmur.

Between 1985 and 1990 Alan García had a first government that generated a cumulative hyperinflation of 12,482%. More than a decade later, during the 2006 campaign, he repeatedly asked voters for forgiveness. He won that contest. The vote is emotional, not rational.

4) That tires: Ceregen, a brain tonic designed to overcome physical and mental fatigue, had an advertisement that triggered its use from a phrase that summarized the eternal excuse for not doing things: that tires.

The Peruvian acts as a citizen only every five years, when they panic in the elections and feel that the country is falling apart. But exercising permanent citizenship is tiring.

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What does not tire many is to continue incurring an attitude in networks that in English is called as virtue signalling. This is declaring to the universe, between photos of their boredom and private life, to be possessors of a moral superiority that places them above the world and its cares. In this case, of having to make an electoral decision. Purity envelops them.

A rough translation of that term would be the ethical posture. A quicker way of referring to him would be like in the station wagon: vote and don’t cry.

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