Moon, Ahn agree on a united slate

Well, there you have it. Moon Jae-in and Ahn Cheol-soo finally held a much-anticipated summit meeting, unattended by any other handlers. They came out of the meeting with an agreement to unite their candidacy, with seven specific points of agreement. Probably the most important is that they will produce a single candidate by November 25, the deadline for registration of the candidates.

Of course, NFP did not take this kindly, calling the agreement “an array of decorative words that cover up a backroom deal for a political purpose of winning the presidential election.”

The next step for Moon and Ahn camps would be to agree on the precise methodology of a “primary”. Moon’s camp is known to favor a more structured system — e.g. some combination of survey, designated representatives, etc. — as Moon can mobilize the DUP faithful in a more organized manner. Ahn’s camp, on the other hand, favors a survey, to reflect Ahn’s higher general popularity. In fact, Ahn showcased an impeccable sense of timing when he proposed a meeting — with less than three weeks until Nov. 25, there likely will be not enough time for the camps to run a more structured unification process.

  • DLBarch

    This is great news, but let’s be absolutely clear about one thing:
    Moon already won his primary. Ahn is the interloper here, albeit a seemingly popular one.

    Beware 11th-hour candidates. They are untested. Ahn should step aside and put his considerable talents behind getting Moon elected.

    If one cares at all about “process” and the importance of institutions, Moon is rightfully the standard-bearer for the progressives. He’s earned that right.


  • thekorean

    Ahn is the interloper here, albeit a seemingly popular one.

    And not even by that much anymore. In the polls conducts the day before the meeting, Ahn was leading Moon only by 1% or so, well within the margin of error.

  • Yu Bum Suk

    “for a political purpose of winning the presidential election.”

    Isn’t that what presidential candidates generally do?

  • sanshinseon

    Well yeah, but still i’m with DLBarch #1 here.

  • R. Elgin

    This unholy union for the purpose of creating a candidate is very much an effort to build a Frankenstein. The political process really does create monsters in Korea and I think this is happening to the GOP in America, as well.

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