Memo to the opposition: thanks

(No, I am not being facetious)

The opposition umbrella group Mesa de Unidad announced today that it would not meet its January 31st deadline to announce its unity candidates. Instead, it pushed the deadline to February 10th.

In a carefully-worded press release, the group said the gerrymandering being done by the chavista-controlled National Electoral Council has made it impossible to meet the deadline.

We’ve grown accostumed to using the opposition politicians as our personal piñatas (guilty as charged). But credit where credit is due.

They couldn’t meet their deadline, so they told us, providing a perfectly valid excuse. Best of all, they did so in a professional and timely manner. And they made sure we know they continue to work on this most pressing issue.

So kudos to them. Let’s hope this accountability is the beginning of a trend.