Religious groups and leaders mobilised for the Serra campaign and accused Dilma of wanting to legalise abortion, ban religious symbols, being “anti-Christian”, and a “terrorist” for her resistance to the military dictatorship during the late 1960s. The whole campaign was all too reminiscent of Republican strategies in the United States, going back to the rise of the religious right in the 1980s, through the “Swift Boat” politics and Karl Rove’s “Weapons of Mass Distraction” of recent years.
Serra even had a rightwing foreign policy strategy that prompted one critic to label him “Serra Palin”. His campaign threatened to alienate Brazil from most of its neighbours by accusing the Bolivian government of being “complicit” in drug trafficking and Venezuela of “sheltering” the Farc (the main guerrilla group) in Colombia.
Brazil wins with Dilma Rousseff