12:45 a.m.: The Carter Shuttle Swings Into Action

Past midnight, and the mood in the opposition is exhultant. The real question now is how the government will deal with the staggering defeat they’re being dealt. Will they grin and bear it, or are there more tricks to come?

UnionRadio reports that President Carter has just left Opposition headquarters at the Tamanaco Hotel headed towards the National Electoral Council. This is crunch time, la hora de la chucurrucuticas. The next few hours are critical.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, when all is said and done, we’ll have to choose a major Caracas street to rename Avenida Presidente Carter…