While the national leadership of the PP seeks in the electoral triumph of Isabel Díaz Ayuso the keys to fight for La Moncloa, the rest of the autonomous barons of the party warn that its political and communication strategy is difficult to transfer to the whole of Spain. The crossing of opinions takes place this Saturday at the Royal Post Office of the capital, seat of the government of the Community of Madrid. The presidents of Andalusia, Galicia, Castilla y León and Murcia arrive there, as ready to congratulate Díaz Ayuso on his triumph as they are ready to defend the need for the party to maintain local accents. The ayusismo It grows as a current in the PP, but the party’s moderates still maintain an important share of organic and institutional power.
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“The Ayuso model is a successful model, no one doubts that,” concedes Juan Manuel Moreno Bonilla, the president of Andalusia, who governs thanks to the support of Cs and Vox. “But each Community has its model, as each teacher has his booklet,” adds this moderate-profile politician, the first to break with 40 years of PSOE governments in his Autonomous Community. “Spain is plural and diverse, and the PP has to be a reflection of that.”
“Each Autonomous Community has different realities,” recalls Alfonso Fernández Mañueco, the president of Castilla y León, who governs with Cs. “Pablo Casado is the president this country needs, because he is capable of encompassing what Ayuso represents in Madrid, Feijóo in Galicia, Moreno Bonilla in Andalusia, López Miras in Murcia, or I in Castilla y León. He is capable of bringing together all those feelings in all territories ”.
“The people of Madrid have seen a way of doing politics and understanding the institutions, but in other elections we will be in a different constituency,” says Alberto Núñez Feijóo, the president of the Galicians, who goes from an absolute majority to an absolute majority. . “In an election in Galicia, the proposals for Galicia are for the Galician community and so on, these are not general elections, they are autonomous,” he adds. “I don’t remember an electoral turnaround like this. The result has been so spectacular that it is commented on by itself ”.
There are plenty of examples that have highlighted that the differences between Díaz Ayuso and the rest of the barons of the PP go beyond forms, and become strategic.
Only the president of the Community of Madrid attended last Sunday the demonstration called in Colón to protest against the pardons prepared by the Government of Pedro Sánchez for Catalan pro-independence politicians condemned by the Supreme Court for their participation in the trial. Regarding the management of the coronavirus crisis, Díaz Ayuso’s decisions have contrasted with those of the rest: only she opted to keep the hospitality open in the worst of the pandemic. And only she depends solely and exclusively on Vox to govern, which can list her proposals now that she does not have the moderating element of Cs, as happened in the last legislature.
This contrast of positions reflects the difficulties that Casado has in his attempt to return the PP to La Moncloa, from where he left in 2018 with the motion of censure lost by Mariano Rajoy. To reconcile the hard wing of the formation, headed by the president of Madrid, with the moderate one, in which Feijóo or Moreno Bonilla militate, is an extremely complicated balancing act. And in this he says he is Married, who seeks the formula to contain the advance of Vox without thereby losing the more moderate center-right voters who previously had their preferences in Cs.
“Spain is very plural and I want to be the average between Feijóo and Ayuso, between Moreno and Mañueco, between Miras and Vivas,” the party leader acknowledged a little over a month ago during an interview on the Cope network. And he finished: “That is the difficulty but also the extraordinary of my role.”
And Díaz Ayuso? “What we have seen here is the beginning of a new stage in the Community of Madrid in which it is going to govern in favor of all citizens,” says Casado this Saturday, as if the PP had not led Madrid since 1995 “Isabel Díaz Ayuso is going to continue betting on lower taxes, educational freedom, the guarantee of good health services, and the commitment to environmental sustainability and population growth,” he continues. “That is the mark of the PP: firmness in convictions, but closeness with those who are experiencing the worst. That’s what Díaz Ayuso has done these two years ”.
It all started in August 2019. The stranger who then came to power is now fashionable politics on the right. That president who governed in coalition with Cs now does so alone, but depending on the votes of Vox. The ruler Casado chose as a candidate for general surprise is already flying alone, and the rest of the barons observe her trajectory the way the ancient oracles watched the birds: trying to guess how it will affect their future.
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