- He knows the IMF backwards, having been a sub-secretary there between 2003 and 2006
- He has an excellent track record as both Mexico FinMin (2006 to 2009) and subsequently head of the CenBank, having overseen the Mexico recovery and growth period in good style.
- Current Mexico FinMin, Ernesto Cordero, is pushing pro-Carstens and yesterday said "I must be respectful...this is a personal opinion, he [Carstens] would be the best candidate", a strong endorsement from the corridors of power.
- But MOST IMPORTANTLY, check out this recent photo of Carstens:
UPDATE: So much for breaking the European stranglehold on the IMF. Felix Salmon is now reporting that Christine Lagarde is a lock for the job.