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There’s something terribly disarming about this woman becoming the next prime minister of Thailand with her looking so dignified and sexy at the same time.  I first learned of this Yingluck Shinawat, Thaksin’s younger sister, as I rode my bike down Petchburi Road her image lined the entire road one poster after another and I simply enjoyed looking at it.  Who wouldn’t want a prime minister like this?  I wonder what the Bangkok middle thinks of her as my impression of her is that she is hardly the frightening Red Shirt protester from the rice fields who arrived like locusts to burn down Central World last year:

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Her ties to her square-headed tyrant brother notwithstanding, she appears to be a very ordinary middle class Thai woman.  And this is a good thing.  The Democrats have a very big problem in their arrogance.  I have spoken to countless students and others who simply look at people from the north as simply idiots, “another species” as one student told me.  The Democrats need to be about building the middle class in the rest of Thailand, not simply about respecting “tradition” and looking at the vast majority of their countrymen with contempt.

Vote buying is still rampant and Thai democracy has a long, long way to go, but it is nice to see more political power diffused in a system where power has been concentrated in the hands of a few poo yai for too long.

We are all waiting to see what Yingluck is going to do about her brother coming back to Thailand.  One thing is for sure:  whatever Thaksin’s misgivings, he can rap: