Help From His Amigo

KEITH DANNEMILLER for TIME

BACK IN THE HUNT: Fox's future is looking brighter after his immigration win

Democracy's heroes don't always make heroic Presidents. Lech Walesa toppled Polish communism in the 1980s, but presided over a mediocre government in the 1990s. Many fear the same will be true of Mexican President Vicente Fox. Riding a wave of hope and optimism in 2000, Fox defeated the dictatorial Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), which had ruled Mexico since 1929. But since then, he's faced mostly legislative defeats and diminished stature. It wasn't until last week, when George W. Bush finally proposed the U.S. immigration reforms that Fox has long urged, that Fox got to savor his first big presidential victory. "I...

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