The upcoming Hualien County commissioner by-election, which otherwise would have merely been a political blip in a small town, has now become a training course for campaigners from both the blue and green camps for next year's presidential election. However, any conclusion derived from the Hualien race about the that election will be a stretch. What's more interesting are the problems that have been exposed in both camps during their nomination processes for the by-election.
\nHualien has been a KMT stronghold for half a century. No non-KMT candidate has ever won the commissioner's seat.
\nThis by-election should have been a sure win for the blue camp, but internal conflicts have now created uncertainties. In an effort to win back power in next year's presidential race, the KMT decided to field a joint KMT-PFP ticket. This has given rise to fundamental power conflicts in the alliance, of which Hualien is but one example.
\nBackroom trading at the central government level and neglect of local opinion were some of the reasons behind the KMT's defeat in 2000. The KMT-PFP alliance is making the same mistake now. The blue camp has insisted on Hsieh Shen-shan (
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