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Cho Kuk gets “lovecalls” from Moon Jaein

Professor Cho Kuk gets lovecalls from the DUP candidate Moon Jaein.

Professor Cho was invited to take parts in various events and public discussions organized by Moon’s camp, as well as being suggested as a “middleman” for the overseeing of the merging to Ahn’s camp who subsequently refused the idea and that role has been left unfilled.

I have said in the past that the fact that both Ahn Chulsu and Moon Jaein are so head-to-head in their popularity is a bit worrying in the sense of delaying the unifying of the opposition in the presidential election.
Well, my idol Cho Kuk agrees that there is no time for “round table meeting” and has suggested that the only way forward is for the two candidates to get together with relevant specialists. He is also that worried about botching up the best opportunity we have had in a long while, i.e. having half-decent representation of the progressive/left.

It is said that even his appearance alone at these events along with Moon could bolster Moon’s popularity. So far, Cho has kept relatively silent and neutral about the direction of his support (he’s criticized a couple of Ahn’s policy suggestions, though this could mean that he actually supports Ahn more, coming from a man of his character).

Moon probably would like to see himself as the President, Cho Kuk as his Prime Minister, and Ahn in one of the minister closets.

As much as I like both Cho and Ahn, they don’t seem to fit so well together my picture as being two peas in the same political pod, maybe they are too similar (age?) and both professors from SNU.

Here is the summary news about the race in English for the Korean-challenged.

  • DLBarch

    This latest story confirms two conclusions that I’ve been wrestling with (and arguing with friends about) concerning the independent candidacy of Ahn Cheol-soo.

    The first is that it’s becoming increasingly clear that Ahn sees 2012 as his best shot at the presidency, and that he knows that his stock with the Korean electorate has nowhere to go from here but down. By 2017, he will be yesterday’s news.

    (I don’t not think Ahn has anywhere near the staying power of a PGH, who may have lost her party’s nomination to 2MB five years ago but had the institutional support to make a second run this year. Ahn is most definitely a flavor-of-the-moment candidate.)

    Second, and more disturbingly, is that Ahn is increasingly demonstrating that he is temperamentally unsuited to be president. His candidacy is looking more and more like an ero-driven campaign thinly veiled under the dubious guise of a “will-of-the-people” thang.

    Moon Jae-in is the real deal here for progressives, and certainly the only one who’s been tested in the rough-and-tumble primary of an actual party nomination process. Ahn has simply parachuted himself into the arena. (MJI fans will get this reference.)

    Ahn may turn out to be more of a bridge candidate to pro-business and “gen-tech” moderates who might otherwise support PGH, but that does not mean Ahn is fit to be president.

    DLB

  • http://askakorean.blogspot.com thekorean

    I suggest you read the news a little further, and either heavily edit this piece or scrap it. Prof. Cho isn’t just receiving “love calls” now — he has been an active (though not salient) part of Moon’s campaign from the get-go.

    Moon Jae-in is the real deal here for progressives, and certainly the only one who’s been tested in the rough-and-tumble primary of an actual party nomination process. Ahn has simply parachuted himself into the arena. (MJI fans will get this reference.)

    I remain optimistic that MJI will emerge victorious in the united ticket race, and the overall presidential race as well.

  • yuna

    #2 Thanks for your suggestion but I didn’t write Cho “just now” started getting lovecalls, so I see no reason to edit anything.

    I certainly wouldn’t bring the level of this blog down to such a partisan käseblatt level to equate anything in the news here or anywhere else to falsely inform that “Cho has been an active part of Moon’s campaign from the get-go” (salient or otherwise).

  • brier

    For all of Messrs Moon and Ahn’s high sounding rhetoric about reconciliation, common goals, harmony, etc for the good of the county, for a unified ticket, what they really are doing is playing a crass game of chicken. It’s fascinating to watch. Who twitches first? Or do they crash, and the lovely lady from Daegu gets the job?

  • yuna

    Ahn may turn out to be more of a bridge candidate to pro-business and “gen-tech” moderates who might otherwise support PGH,

    Good enough for me. Moon reeks too much of ajossi mentality, and too closely connected to the same old ghosts. People want new, fresh, unconnected and rational.

  • Anonymous_Joe

    “I certainly wouldn’t bring the level of this blog down to such a partisan käseblatt….”

    Rock the käseblatt, Yuna. Rock the käseblatt.

  • yuna

    Yes, it’s two different things (as a commenter) expressing preference and opinions, and saying something something has happened, as a report.