Now that Martinelli's approval rating is at an all-time low of around 25% and probably will stay there, the Cambio Democratico crowd can safely forget about any of them being elected as Panama's next president. So what to do? Organize back-up, of course!
And that's exactly what's going on these days. Martinelli has bought half of the Panameñista legislators, and they've jumped ship and joined the CD ranks in the National Assembly. Some PRD deputies have done the same. Martinelli is cozying up with Mireya Moscoso.
And, the PRD is in full delf-destruction mode because one half of that party thinks that Martinelli is behind Juan Carlos Navarro's launch of his presidential candidacy.
So, there is now this group "Todos Contra Martinelli" (TOCOMA). It includes Balbina Herrera, Mitchell Doens, Samuel Lewis Navarro, Ernesto Perez Balladares, Francisco 'Pachi' Sánchez Cárdenas, Laurentino Cortizo, Anel Flores, among others. They meet regularly at Balbina's house in Ancón, to plot and scheme.
They are not just against Martinelli; they're also against Juan Carlos Navarro, whom they see as a Martinelli proxy within their own party. On Navarro's side is also legislator Leandro Avila.
All of them hold regular press conferences to sling shit at each other, usually along the lines of, "You are more Martinelli than I am", and, "traitor!"
Of course this is good news for Panama. If the PRD ceases to be a political force, we will finally have gotten rid of a group of delinquents that still celebrates a military coup and dictatorship figures in its propaganda.
The traditional parties are down and out, collapsing under the weight of their own corruption. The future is for the independents!