Katy says: And the rhetorical about-face continues.
I saw some recent polling data that shows that the only way the Constitutional reform could pass is if Chávez bundles his proposals for indefinite re-election with something more popular. Without missing a beat, Chávez comes up with his latest scheme: to include his “misiones” social programs in the Constitution.
Since these are the most popular of the government’s programs (never mind how ineffective they are), it seems like a move destined to make the reform referendum winnable. So now, instead of a referendum for indefinite re-election, we have a referendum to include “misiones” in the Constitution, with a little side-order of indefinite power. I wonder if Misión Cadivi will be included in the Constitution as well?
This campaign is beginning to heat up. It’s up to the people on our side to convince the majority that, all rhetoric aside, they should not end up voting for something they clearly do not want.Caracas Chronicles is 100% reader-supported. Support independent Venezuelan journalism by making a donation.