Pablo Casado yesterday closed the national convention of the PP with a convincing speech, solid and loaded with proposals that not only generated enthusiasm among his people, but also inoculated him with the necessary dose of self-esteem after days of speculation and setbacks.

Speculations that had a special impact on Isabel Diaz Ayuso as Casado’s rival to face the challenge of defeating Pedro Sanchez in the next generals. Something that the president of the Community of Madrid was quick to deny, reiterating that her commitment and her future go through the region.

And stumbling blocks like the debatable election of the former French president Nicolas sarkozy, convicted of illegal financing of his 2012 election campaign, as a reference beacon. A fact that is striking in a PP determined to clean up the image of corruption that ultimately cost the presidency of the Government to Mariano Rajoy.

Or like the scolding of Paula Gómez de la Barcena, director of the Inspiring Girls foundation, who reproached in one of the events the lack of women in the popular front line. “If I don’t say it, I’ll burst. There are fewer female representatives here than on many Ibex boards of directors.”

However, beyond the lying comments and the slips, it is beyond doubt that Casado has managed to take advantage of a perfectly calculated ceremony. Transmitted an image of a solvent leader and equipped with the ideal skills to return the government to the center-right. And he stressed his desire to lower taxes, repeal the laws of the left, narrow the areas of influence of nationalism and vindicate the History of Spain.

Good image

It is clear that, in terms of image and internal unity, the national convention has been a resounding success for Casado. In a particularly symbolic setting for the PP, such as the Plaza de Toros de Valencia, it brought together almost 10,000 people. And in the popular dream theater he gave a speech intended to seduce disenchanted liberals, conservatives, and social democrats that served his main purpose: spur the desire for change and project that there is a solid alternative to Sánchez.

Married, firmly, he took the merit of creating “a stream of trust and social support that grows every day”, and assumed that “the wave is becoming tidal and will reach the polls in the form of an intense and profound reformist mandate.” Such was his satisfaction at the conclusion of the act that his team, as we publish today in EL ESPAÑOL, adventure that the next success will occur in Mestalla. They say it moved by the memory of the historic rally of Jose Maria Aznar in 1996 before more than 50,000 people.

Two years

It seems undeniable that Casado comes out of the convention strengthened. But the road to elections will be long: two years in politics can be an eternity.

The roadmap proclaimed in Valencia, which serves as teaser of the ideological rearmament of the formation, is also a promising declaration of intentions. But it remains to be seen how many tokens Casado will move from now on and how many words will be transformed into facts. Will it emphasize its distance from Vox, as its European partners wish, and will it push for the centrist space? Will it show political height from the opposition to agree, for example, the reform of the CGPJ with the PSOE?

Yes, Casado consolidated his internal leadership yesterday. It is a fact. But now he has two years to go to convince citizens that it is the serene, moderate and far from populism option that Spain needs.

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