Say chavistoid populist Andrés Manuel López Obrador somehow gets the Mexican vote count overturned and wins the Mexican presidency…would that really favor Chávez?
Personally, I have doubts. Chávez is happy to have fellow travellers elected in smaller, weaker, poorer countries like Bolivia, Peru and Nicaragua, places where his oil dollars carry enough weight to dictate policies. But would AMLO really play second fiddle to Chávez? Would a larger, richer, stronger country really fall into line behind our little Napoleon’s fantasies of hemispheric leadership? I really doubt it.
More likely, AMLO would end up staking a challenge to Chávez’s ambitions for leadership of the hemispheric left. And that’s the last thing El Comandante wants.