Posts Tagged ‘Cai Tongrong’

unanimity?!?

April 15, 2010

Yesterday I noted that 24 of the 33 DPP had signed a resolution in support of Cai Yingwen’s 蔡英文 re-election as party chair.  I now have to update this: all 33 have signed.  Even Cai Tongrong 蔡同榮, who accompanied You Qing 尤清 to register for party chair, has signed (he was the last holdout).   I didn’t expect You to really threaten Cai’s re-election bid, but this show of power is impressive.

I think Ke Jianming 柯建銘 gets the credit for building this coalition.  Ke has been in the legislature since 1992.  The DPP changes its caucus leaders regularly, but they keep coming back to Ke.  I think he must be better than anyone else at building coalitions.  There are a few other people who keep popping up in these positions, such as Cai Huanglang 蔡煌郎 and Cai Tongrong, but Ke is the most common.

It is interesting that Cai Tongrong eventually signed the statement.  I think that might have something to do with maintaining his influence in the legislature.  You can’t be a caucus leader, official or unofficial, if you are out of step with the rest of the caucus.

Grandparents don’t like Cai

April 14, 2010

The DPP chair race between Cai Yingwen 蔡英文 and You Qing 尤清 is being presented as the “Grandpa and Grandma Faction” 公媽派 (supporting You) against everyone else.  In other words, only the old people (and Taiwan independence fundamentalists) in the DPP are opposing Cai.  I’m not sure whether the media invented this term or if it comes from Cai supporters.  Either way, it is brilliant in marginalizing the challengers to Cai.

Today, most of the DPP legislators signed a statement in support of Cai.  At the time of the report I read, 24 (of 33) had signed.   The holdouts included Cai Tongrong 蔡同榮, Wang Xingnan 王幸男, and Guo Wencheng郭玟成.  I don’t know much about Guo, but Cai (a longtime overseas independence activist) and Wang (who once tried to assassinate Chiang Chingkuo) are the very essence of this idea of old, out of touch radicals.