"Partido Revolucionario Institucional"
Reporting From Mexico: There is not one news segment on Mexican television or radio that is not covering the statements made by Mexican President Felipe Calderon to the New York Times about the PRI Party (Institutional Revolutionary Party) pacting with the drug cartels if they won the 2012 Presidential Election.
This sent shockwaves to the PRI.
On Sunday, mind you, the PRI stated that they would take legal action against Calderon for slander and attempting to influence the 2012 election process.
The Presidential website fired back at its critics reaffirming that Calderon shared his viewpoint as a Head of State and was not attempting to influence the elections. However, the PRI has not backed off by requesting that Calderon show proof that a pact would be in the making if they won the elections.
Basically, the PRI has thrown a "Put Up or Shut Up" gauntlet at Calderon.
The question that needs to be answered here is simple, Did Calderon not know that his remarks would cause controversy back home?
I assure you that he did know.
So why cause make those remarks to the New York Times?
First thing they teach you in law school is to never ask a question that you do not already know the answer. Having said that, Calderon stirred this controversy because he has an ace up his sleeve.
If I were the PRI, I would back off from taking legal action against Calderon - they might be surprised what he knows that the some members of the PRI High Command might not know.
In Mexico it takes shrewdness to become President and Calderon is nothing but shrewd.
He knows exactly what he is doing.