Hugo Chávez: Toxic Brand

How toxic has the Chávez brand gotten in Latin America? So toxic that even the candidates the guy has bought and paid for are forced to distance themselves repeatedly from him in public to preserve their electoral viability.

It’s gotten to the point where even if he won, Humala couldn’t afford the political capital it would take to cozy up to Caracas.

Chávez has spent years assiduously creating the conditions of his own international irrelevance. The reality is that he’s just not a threat to the region anymore. He’s only a threat to Venezuela.