Saturday, November 12 2011 @ 11:22 AM EST
Contributed by: Don Winner
Juan Carlos Varela - Vice President of Panama
Editor's Comment: I'm being told there are factions and elements within the Panameņista party who smell blood and sense a potential for political weakness when it comes to Varela. Up until 30 August 2011 when the political alliance between the Panameņista party and the Cambio Democratico party fell apart, Varela was clearly the strongest figure within his party. However now it's been about two and a half months since the breakup, and it's clear the political machinery of the Cambio Democratico will be targeting Varela with everything they have, in order to make him weaker as a potential presidential candidate for the 2014 elections. There are even rumors and rumblings that Mireya Moscoso might return from the dead and make a run in an internal party primary election. And of course there are others with aspirations within the Panameņista party as well. If the CD can make something solid stick to Varela - enough to start calling witnesses and open an investigation or something like that, then he might even fall further. This group of Panameņista politicians - Ramķn Fonseca Mora, Luis Ernesto Carles, Zulema Sucre de Vega, Nadgee Bonilla de Castillo, Adolfo Beby Valderrama, José I. Blandķn and Luis Eduardo Quirķs - form the core of people who are the anchors of Varela's team. Their political futures are hitched to his star at this point, so what's good for him is good for them, and what's bad for him is likewise bad for them. These are the primary actors who pushed for the breakup of the alliance, because they thought they could win the whole thing by themselves in 2014. Let's see if they were right, or if they simply set their own house on fire for the the temporary feeling of warmth.