Festive Left Friday Blogging: Who was da man at da summit?

I’ll give you a hint:

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Awww, look at that! Even No-Drama Obama adores El Ecuadorable. And, considering that Rafael Correa’s slated to win re-election in a landslide in a coupla days, it’s always helpful to start off on a good footing with a reigning champ.

So why is he so sexy? Well, El Ec’s cojones are everywhere in evidence: he’s ruled out a free-trade agreement with the US, and this just days before the election. He’s also looking to get a massive discount on a debt buyback, and seems likely to get it because as a former professor of economics, he knows what sticks to hit ’em with; he’s also presided over a period of economic growth that must have everyone in Bretton Woods gnashing their teeth; plus, he refuses to make nice with Colombia as long as El Narcoparaco refuses to meet with Ecuador’s five conditions for re-establishing diplomacy. That’s the confidence of a popular candidate talking, people; learn from it. He’s popular for a reason–unlike his predecessor, Lucio Gutiérrez, alias Sucio Lucio (Dirty Lucio), he doesn’t promise one thing and then deliver its opposite. When he promised to give ’em the belt, he sure ’nuff whipped it out and let fly. As it stands, he’s already bucked the old dismal trend of short-lived Ecuadorian leaders…

Little wonder, then, that El Ec’s polling at nearly 50% (meaning he could score an outright win in the first round) compared to Sucio’s mere 15. And Sucio, believe it or not, is currently his closest opponent! I’m surprised he’s even in the running, considering just what he’s up against:

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Love the shirt, too. Now, if we could only get him to ditch the conventional suitcoats in favor of something like what Evo wears: no collar, no lapels, but a few spiffy bits of aguayo contrast trim. Maybe it’s just as well that he hasn’t gone that route yet, or I would be hopelessly confused and torn as to who’s the cuter of the two.

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2 Responses to Festive Left Friday Blogging: Who was da man at da summit?

  1. Dave says:

    In case you didn’t know, the symbols on the shirt are Incan family crests, so he’s like a formal Evo 😉

  2. Dave, thanks. I didn’t know that. That’s very cool!

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