If the after-the-fact audit shows that the CNE results were genuine, this would demonstrate that there was a massive conspiracy to mislead the nation – possibly pushing it towards a civil war – on the part of those who conducted the exit polls. It is plainly impossible for a well-run exit poll of 20,000+ respondents to get results wrong by 20%. If there really was a conspiracy on that scale, all those who conducted exit polls or believed in them will see our credibility hit an unimaginable abyss. If this is the case, Venezuela’s rank-and-file opposition members must demand a thorough overhaul of the opposition’s leadership. And this blog will have to run a long, thorough apology and go offline.