Laura Chinchilla easily soared to victory yesterday and becomes Costa Rica’s first female president.

Not so fortunate were any American tourists in the country who wanted to drink beer while watching the Saints beat the Colts in the Super Bowl—no alcohol on election day. Quite a few countries do this, apparently to keep the drunks from getting violent or forgetting to vote.

She was the vice president before, so it should be an orderly transition. Transitions usually are orderly in Costa Rica anyway, a country that somehow manages to be more civilized and progressive than anyone to the north. The country without an army has had uninterrupted democracy for 60 years now, without one coup or uprising.

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