Fernando Henrique Cardoso [again]. To wit, three moments in history:
- In 1994, while running for president, he defended the need for a constitutional assembly to provide reforms to Brazil’s constitution.
- In 1998, as his first term wound up and he was running for president for a second time, he defended a constitutional assembly to provide political, tax, and judicial reforms to Brazil’s constitution.
- In 2013, when President Dilma Rousseff (from the Workers Party, the main opposition to Cardoso’s PSDB), proposes a constitutional assembly in order to address political reforms that people in the streets are calling for, he calls Rousseff’s administration an “authoritarian regime.”
Although Cardoso remains the symbolic “head” of the PSDB, he stopped being a serious political figure years ago, thanks in no small part to his irrational hatred and hypocritical attitudes towards the PT. To be clear, there are plenty of legitimate criticisms of Rousseff and of the PT more generally that one can lobby, but you don’t hear them come from Cardoso. This latest ad hominem and unrealistic criticism of the PT is just another reminder of how far he’s fallen from his status as a progressive sociologist during the military dictatorship.
[H/t to Aline for links to the archived articles.]