Welcome to the second Cadena Nacional this week, featuring President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and Río Negro senator Miguel Angel Pichetto.
And it was a succinct address, since according to Cristina a Racing match was about to start and if she blabbered on for longer than expected “it would mean trouble at home” (her son Máximo is a huge Racing fan and damn you if you think you can delay a moderately relevant football game with your presidential nonsense, fool).
So her message was indeed brief, although that didn’t keep her from safeguarding the moral integrity of Axel Kicillof and passive-aggressively urging everyone to vote for Pichetto in the province’s coming gubernatorial elections.
Oh, and she also made it clear that she really, really, really likes the idea of Interior Minister Florencio Randazzo (or as I Iike to call him, “Randy”) running for president.
Then she went after Clarín, which should be no surprise by now although yesterday they had it coming.
And now for the lazy ones (you know who you are), here are some highlights from yesterday’s message.
- The official excuse for yesterday’s Cadena was the inauguration of Rio Negro University’s new building in Alto Valle. She recalled that her administration is the one that “has done the most for science and technology in Argentine history”. Which is kinda true, especially the science part. So savor that victory, Madame President. “So many politicians come and make a bunch of promises. In 2003, 2007 and 2011 we never promised you anything, I simply focused on working and not betraying the country and its people”.
- But then, as it usually happens, the focus went from “Yay, me!” to “Fuck you all” in a matter of seconds. First, she went after Clarín’s monumentally false story printed on the paper’s front page yesterday accusing Axel Kicillof of getting a $400,000 pesos salary from YPF. The story not only was officially denied by Kicillof, even TN’s (and Grupo Clarín’s) warhorse Nelson Castro admitted on live television that reporting that story was a mistake. “Some don’t like my Cadena Nacional”, she said. “Well, I didn’t like this morning’s Cadena Nacional, between 5 AM and and 7:20 AM. There was a Cadena Nacional of lying and defamation,” she added, referring to the extensive coverage the story got since it hit the newsstands and until it was denied. “Don’t be naive. They want to poison people, fill them with hate because collective bargaining is happening. He could have been making that money from YPF – it would have been legal – but he never got paid and (Clarín) knew that”.
- She also did a video conference with Randazzo, AKA Randy, to celebrate that a freight train will be reaching the Vaca Muerta shale gas reservoir soon. Randy got his fifteen minutes of fame and talked about how awesome this new train will be, and this is quite a gesture coming from the President, considering that now that most Kirchnerite presidential pre-candidates have dropped off from the race to the Casa Rosada, the Victory Front August primaries will be down to choosing between him and Daniel Scioli.
- Finally, she also strongly supported Río Negro senator Miguel Ángel Pichetto, who’s running for governor in the province. In case you had no doubt that she wants him to win, she pretty much said: “He’s the future governor”. Who needs campaigning when you can make use of the Cadena and shove it down everyone’s throats? Watch and learn, people. Watch and learn.
See you… tomorrow?