Wednesday, July 01, 2009

The Red Shirt Diaries

Election season is winding down here, and, sadly, it's produced precious little in the way of collectibles (noise not being easily bottled and preserved). However - while again stressing we have no interest in who wins (no tenemos gallo en esta pelea!) - we'd love to get our hands on a Pepe Calzada souvenir guayabera. As campaign props go, this is the flyest thing we've seen in some time.


Calzada is the PRI candidate for governor here, and what makes it so great is that people don't even wear guyaberas in Querétaro - certainly not guys in their early 40s - but it's become Calzada's standard uniform. It's as if Mitt Romney started campaigning in a dashiki, just because, hey, it's comfortable and it looks cool. It comes in a long-sleeve model, too, as you can see in the picture below. (These pix come from inqro.com's Flickr page.) Actually, the picture below - in which the candidate, flanked by his wife and a clown, is being purified by a pair of Chichimeca conchero dancers - gives you a pretty good idea what it's like to run for governor of Querétaro.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

I hope that's his wife BEHIND him....

Susan said...

How does a public appearance with a clown boost one's political standing?

Anonymous said...

Makes the other clown look better :o)

Burro Hall said...

C'mon, Susan, clown support is the first thing you lock up if you want to go big time here. Clowns throw pies, squirt seltzer and plant whoopie cushions on people's chairs. You want them to do that to you, or to your opponent?

Anonymous said...

Dashiki - hilarious...