The parties flee from internal crises like the plague. Sometimes they come in handy if they lead to a reconciliation. It does not matter that it may be more false than a hardwood or that it is practically forced by circumstances. The scene of ‘we will love each other forever and I will never abandon you’ is priceless. The audience says ‘ooooh’ and breaks hands clapping. Headlines highlight true love. The photos are wonderful and the smiles couldn’t be more sincere.
The Popular Party convention celebrated its penultimate day in Valencia, although in reality it seemed that it was the key day that everyone was waiting or fearing, and that Pablo Casado did not intervene. The highlight was the appearance of the six regional presidents of the PP. Among them was Isabel Díaz Ayuso, back from her fantastic tour of the United States, where she photographed herself in front of the Capitol, gave an interview with the White House in the background and met with a few people who had never heard of her.
The day began with an unexpected change in the agenda. The party included a speech by Teodoro García Egea that was not planned and that was going to take place before the talk with the regional presidents. It was announced for 12 in the morning. But at that time, Díaz Ayuso, who was coming from Madrid, did not have time to arrive. Apparently it was essential that she be present, so she was delayed for half an hour. Then we had to wait a little longer. The title of the speech of the secretary general of the PP was “without a party, there is no government.” Notice to regional barons. They have the power in their community, but the party rules. That is to say, García Egea when he calls them to do something they don’t feel like doing, which is something that has happened to Díaz Ayuso quite a bit this year.
Egea reviewed all the great successes of the PP since he had to return to the opposition in 2018. Behind him, a graph showed how the intention to vote for the party in the polls had evolved, without it being clear what the source was . Another warning to Ayuso: “The defeats in (the censure motions of) Murcia and Castilla y León were the first round of the Madrid elections, they began to grow support for our party and culminated in a magnificent victory in Madrid for the PP” . Therefore, Ayuso’s success in May owed much to García Egea and his intrigues in Murcia in a version of recent politics that will have aroused laughter in the Madrid PP.
When the screen at the back of the stage offered the image of the ABC cover with Díaz Ayuso’s triumph in May, the audience began to applaud before García Egea referred to the Madrid president. She looked to the side, hesitated a bit and got up to receive the ovation of the audience. It was like a warm-up for the final scene.
In the presidents’ debate, all defended the achievements of their administration and the wonders of their regions. Andalusia, the most populated region in Spain, has the highest number of self-employed workers, Moreno Bonilla announced. There was an involuntary stroke of humor when the moderator – Dolors Montserrat MEP – introduced Fernando López Miras with the argument that “in Murcia you can make environmental protection compatible with agriculture”. Nobody would say it when verifying the damage caused in the Mar Menor by the high number of illegal discharges from agricultural operations.
Alberto Núñez Feijóo was especially energetic in his speech. It seemed that he intended to show the audience that he is not that Galician president who speaks soberly and keeps the cards he wants to play. That she can be as aggressive as that president who comes out so much in the media. At the end of the event, Montserrat gave them the option of offering “a headline”, a shorter speech, and the Galician president launched into another speech. “Alberto, do you know what a headline is?” Moreno Bonilla told him. It was like asking him: what have you had today that you look like another?
The presidents spoke looking at the public trying to be rallies and receive the support of the audience. Díaz Ayuso, no. He had written the text of his intervention on cards that he was reading carefully. Let it be seen that he had thought about his speech and that he did not want to forget anything. Some sentences had been written to reinforce his indomitable legend. “Eagles fly alone and crows in flocks” was one of them, the kind of sentence you might find in a Fortune cookie or in a leadership master’s degree taught by Albert Rivera in exchange for the modest amount of 5,800 euros.
The moment everyone was waiting for came later. First of all, she remembered everything Casado has done for her (they can now take out their handkerchiefs). She referred to the “political-media hell” of recent weeks, which she actually started when she made public that she will be president of the PP in Madrid, whether Genoa likes it or not. And then the declaration of eternal love: “I want to make it clear to you that I am absolutely clear about my place, and my place is Madrid.”
Never mind that the media have exaggerated Diaz Ayuso’s possible threat to Casado’s leadership before the next elections. It does not matter that this wound deepened when the leader of the PP publicly insisted that Almeida could be a candidate for the presidency of the PP in Madrid. It does not matter that the legislative production of the Government of Díaz Ayuso is so scarce after two years as president that he has only given him to approve the reform that allows him to control the news of Telemadrid and not much else (your audiences have already sunk, but the important thing has already been achieved).
The essential thing is that Casado can breathe easy for the moment, the perpetual soap opera in which Díaz Ayuso lives will not continue to harm the PP, and those attending the Valencia event could later go eat a paella without gorging themselves on Almax. Until the next time the eagle of the town and court shows its claws again and decides to dive on the rodents of Genoa. It is something that is in their nature.