When Emilio Pérsico entered Cristina Kirchner’s office in the Senate on Tuesday at five in the afternoon, the vice president was reading Estudios de Historia Económica Argentina, by the economist and historian Eduardo Basualdo.
—Che, how good is this book Cristina said as soon as she saw the piquetero’s long white beard appear, like someone who meets someone they see every day.
Yes, he is a structuralist. he is very good —answered the head of the Evita Movement.
They had not seen each other for well over a year and the sudden chat about the book allowed them to create a pleasant atmosphere before sitting down for a long time to talk. The vice president has railed on many occasions against Evita, the group with the greatest mobilization power of those that are part of the ruling party. They were partners in the 2019 elections, but out of obligation, with mutual grudges. The referents of space, a key piece in the piquetero architecture that Néstor Kirchner designed during his presidency, had been very critical after the 2015 defeat against Mauricio Macri and at that time they did not hesitate to jump ship or join the social wave that condemned Kirchnerist corruption. They came to question Amado Boudou, for example.
Coexistence during the three years that the Alberto Fernández administration has been in place has never been good. The positions in the Executive and the influence on Alberto Fernández were two of the many reproaches that Cristina has made to the President. She even asked him to throw out those officials.
On June 20, in an act, he called for fewer social plans and pointed out that the State should “regain control, auditing and application of social policies, which cannot continue to be outsourced.” It was read as a missile aimed at the Evitist camp, which manages a formidable structure of some 150,000 beneficiaries, although there are those who say that there are more. The day after that attack, Pérsico answered him on the radio. “Cristina does not understand poverty”said.
The dialogue seemed frozen until a little over a month ago, when Máximo Kirchner went to see Pérsico and gave him guarantees that the group will be able to present its own candidates in the districts it wants, among them in La Matanza, where a fight is taking place. fierce with the mayor Fernando Espinoza. It was the bargaining chip, although not the only one, for Evita to join Cristina’s act in La Plata and for her militants to chant in favor of her in the midst of an “operative outcry” for her to be a candidate next year. .
On Tuesday they sat face to face again in the vice president’s office in the Senate. There were no reproaches. “The campaign can do everything,” says one of the most active leaders of the Instituto Patria. Cristina has once again put together a delicate puzzle. Or, at least, she is trying. As your manual indicates, any reconciliation is possible if you are close to the abyss.
The Christian environment assumes that today they are losing the national elections and, what is perhaps worse, there are no guarantees that Axel Kicillof can retain the province of Buenos Aires. That is why an old phrase has once again spread in the Frente de Todos, which now there is no one who does not repeat: “It’s with everyone inside.”
The regrouping that Cristina seeks with the social organizations is one more step in her ambition to bring together the different factions of the Frente de Todos that in recent times, in keeping with the crisis, have remained dissociated. It’s at the same time, a maneuver to leave the President more alone with his illusion of fighting for re-election.
In her meeting with Pérsico, in which the mayor of Moreno, Mariel Fernández, and the deputy Leonardo Grosso also participated, Cristina insisted, as La Cámpora insists without success, that we must create a political table of the Frente de Todos to discuss how to face the last year of government and to build an electoral strategy.
The resistance starts from Fernández. “This is a government, not a legislature. The table is the Government”one of the three ministers closest to the president ignores it.
Cristina told Pérsico that there is still time to reverse the results shown by the surveys that she herself receives, but that it is essential to have a discussion for the distributive bid, in which wages do not lose, as they do today, in the face of inflation. . “This capitalism is very difficult”they agreed.
Cristina wants, and she said it at the meeting, a compulsive salary increase, a bonus for everyone that equalizes or minimizes the loss that every month falls like a dagger on the workers. At Evita they do not share that vision. They are aligned with the CGT. They say that each union must negotiate with the companies and that the parities must be free. Alberto thinks the same, who maintains his partnership with the cegetista caciques, especially with Héctor Daer.
Neither Pérsico nor Grosso nor Mariel Fernández – one of Cristina’s favorite leaders – thought it appropriate to ask if the incipient electoral plan that began to be drawn up in La Plata will end with her as a candidate for the presidency or if it will be with another candidate . Two of the visitors suspect that she has no desire to face such a challenge again; the other assistant thinks so.
She anticipated that it will not be defined before May, but slipped – as she also did with other interlocutors with whom she spoke in the last ten days, including a minister from Fernández – that will not submit the choice exclusively to your finger or, at the very least, that it will not be communicated to you via Twitter. Another attempt at seduction to appease the traumatic experience that is still going through and that has shaken the Casa Rosada since December 10, 2019.
“Insecurity in the Conurbano is worse,” said the members of Evita. The mayor of Moreno, whom Cristina consults very often when there are serious acts of insecurity, elaborated on the matter. The request to the Nation to send gendarmes to the hottest areas of the suburbs is recurring. Aníbal Fernández receives more and more pressure.
The vice president has assumed that she can no longer ignore the issue, as she did in most of her efforts. “If the money is not enough and on top of that they live stealing from us…”a Peronist mayor told him last week, when they dined at the Axel Kicillof Governor’s Residence.
The mayors explain that there is a phenomenon that is not new, but that has grown to exasperating levels in some districts: cell phone theft. “People don’t have money but they walk with 20 thousand pesos in their pocket”say the mayors. Twenty thousand pesos is the quick resale price of a cell phone in good condition. If necessary, thieves kill for an apparatus.
Surprisingly, in the Evita Movement they support Sergio Berni, the questioned Kicillof Minister of Security, targeted by the majority of the mayors of Greater Buenos Aires. Cristina criticizes her, but they are not as stinging as many mayors convey to journalists to smooth her image. Berni said this week that he is not Martín Guzmán and that he could leave.
Kicillof holds it up. Although he studies names to replace him in case the time comes, he fears that his departure will be a boomerang. What if Berni left and a police case broke out, one of those that dwarfs the viewers of all the news channels? there would be no one to focus on other than himself.
Cristina has not yet finished asking him to remove it and the investigation in Jorge Lanata’s program about his properties in Patagonia and the inconsistencies in his sworn statements lengthened his stay in the chair. When Cristina wishes, her replacement will be immediate.
“Something must be done, especially if inflation does not drop,” say the Cristinistas. The boss is in a maze. She cannot question the price increase because it would mean falling on Sergio Massa, whom she and her group support. And for the insecurity in the province of Buenos Aires, she cannot blame the President, as she does with most issues. They are two traps that she does not know how to avoid and that, from time to time, unleash her wrath.