The Taipei Times’ bizarre headline notwithstanding, Mayor Ma Ying-jyeou of Taipei thumped Wang Jin-pyng to take the KMT chairmanship and become its de facto Presidential candidate in 2008 (China Post story). Ma won with more than 70% of the votes. David at Jujuflop has already blogged on this in his useful perspicacious way, so I won’t repeat his analysis. Go read it.

The size of the victory was immense, and the implications and motivations of that will take some time to tease out. Was this a vote for reform? Was it the mainlanders not wanting a Taiwanese to head up the KMT? It will be exciting to see the fallout from this one.