A Washington Post story earlier this week about the sweeping victory of Burmese democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi in last weekend’s election was headlined: “Burmese Government Says It Was Surprised By Scale of Suu Kyi Victory”.
Hlaing was quoted as saying: “I could guess that the NLD [Suu Kyi’s party] would take the lion’s share in these elections, but I didn’t expect this much of a landslide victory for them.”
So, let’s see. We have the daughter of Burma’s George Washington, independence hero Aung San. She wins the 1990 elections only to get put under house arrest for 15 out of the next 20 years. This makes her something like the Nelson Mandela of Burma.
So now we have a party headed by a combination of George Washington and Nelson Mandela, and someone who’s wildly popular in her own right, running in the elections.
And Hlaing didn’t expect a landslide? He wins this week’s Campaign Guru award hands-down.
(It was suggested we name the award for Mark Penn, former strategist on the 2008 Hillary Clinton campaign, but we felt that would be churlish and really unfair.)