Et tu…Pablo?!!


Sorry for the lull in posting. Life happens, this week in the form of moving house: always a harrowing ordeal. (Juan, on his end, had some lame excuse about “having three children and a life” or some such…)

For now, I’ll leave you with a few questions I’m genuinely puzzled by. How do you make sense of the decision to run for president by a guy like Pablo Medina? Does he really think making an ass of himself on his way to a 0.3% showing in the Oppo primary is going to help his standing? Is announcing a presidential run a reasonable strategy to re-establish his (long-since extinguished) relevance?

I really struggle to grasp the no-hopers’ thinking. Can’t they see that a strategic endorsement does more for their careers than a buffoonish, ballot-paper cluttering candidacy? Can there really be quite this many narcissists in public life?

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  1. “Can there really be quite this many narcissists in public life?”

    Well, yes. Especially in public life. By nature of their disorder, narcissists ALWAYS seek power, and thus a greater percentage of politicians are narcissists, as compared to the general population (The same can be said about psychopaths). That is the leitmotiv of their existence. It is also true that a lot of them in their quest to get power step out of reality. But, Pablo Medina is such a non-entity that I respectfully think that this post is kind of a waste. Wouldn’t it be much more fun to write about the 4 musketeers in the OFAC list of the Treasury Department? There would be a lot of “tela que cortar” there.

  2. “You shouldn’t trust someone just because he’s a friend.”
    Words from Fidel Castro.
    {Did Castro betray Che?}
    Sh-hhh. Chavez does not know this..
    “Et tu, Fidel” -Chavez will say one day in Hell.
    How can Chavez not feel “used” by Fidel? Really-can’t people see
    Fidel has humiliated Chavez in front of the world, robbed and raped him..

  3. Remember Borregales?
    I actually see no harm in running for a few cents of the primaries’s vote, let them feed their ego. On the other hand, you get people like Juan Carlos Sosa running outside the MUD. I do not think his candidacy to be of any significance; yet it can be damaging.

  4. i don’t believe in Venezuelan democracy anymore.

    Chavez was born to be a president,i can’t imagine him being something different.
    And this kind of….slow ass unpopular prehistoric piece of bone won’t make a difference. Really, WHO IS HE!!??

  5. Not necessarily relevant, but for some reason this reminds me of the Douglas Adams quote:
    “Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.”

  6. Well, it’s not like Pablo Medina has anything else to do. Besides, his participation ensures a few people know he{s still alive, and therefore raises his profile looking for some Ministerial position or something.

    I don’t feel as much sorry for Medina as I do for the sorry sacks that are going to vote for him!

  7. “How do you make sense of the decision to run for president by a guy like Pablo Medina?”

    And what else is he gonna do to put bread on his table? Get a job? (In Venezuela???)

    The whole point of the hopeless running for office is that they might get donations anyway (even if it’s from someone laundering money), which beats working for a living, since a big chunk of those donations go to pay for their “traveling expenses.”

    However, I’m not personally opposed to adding someone else to the list of people going around the barrios trying to convince the locals that anything is better than Chavez.

  8. “anything is better than Chavez”.-even a yellow dog…
    No disrespect intended to yellow dogs.
    (There is an expression in US “I would vote for a yellow
    dog before I would vote for THAT guy!!”

  9. I think you are missing the point here, first pablo medina is running on primarias because he can, i mean he can legally do it and he is on his right. Second he probably represents a seftor from the oppo left that has been kind of forgotten by mud, this is the same sector from where the ismael garcias and andrz velazquez come from. As we all know both of this two guys are inmersed in big problems that can cost them the few votes they can get. Pablo medina is probably trying to get this part of our voting universe for himself, this universe can represent in the shirt term a good 5per cent. This is a big number folks compared to what other candidates currently have. Then he will use this votes to : 1. Use this support to enhance his position as a congressman, same thing that maria corina is doig AND “sell” his support to the highest bidder or ally with whoever would represent his interests better in a potential oppo goverment. whatever the outcome is for pablo he will position himself better as an oppo congressman, my kudos to him.Third and most importantly we should all remember that be defember 1997 chavez had 5per cent popularity and we all know what happpened… Besides primarias are supposed to be for that! May we all see a good election here ….. Random thought, first time we have two pablos in a presidential run, curious.

  10. I thought for a sec. about saying that Venezuelans seem to become more “desubicados” (clueless) as time goes by, or how almost every Venezuelan wants to be President, or even anything about narcissism.

    NO. I have become skeptical of cliches. There’s got to be an explanation to the algal bloom of “salvadores de la patria” at every election. For they aren’t just candidates here. They are candidates for messiah.

    There must be some political gain in a throwaway candidacy like this. What is it? The candidate without a hope will never admit to being hopeless, even if the situation stares them in the face. They all go out to win the season’s championship! But apparently there’s something to be gained in just managing to stay in first division.

    In my ignorance I ask if anybody in Venezuelan political sciences has tackled this systematically, and then thank El fe above for offering an explanation for this case, at this time.

  11. Alan Keyes? Dennis Kucinich? Wesley Clark? John Huntsman Jr., anyone? People run because they want relevance and power, and because they feel their particular worldview is not well represented, and because they have an off-chance of getting the spot. You pray for extra-party outsiders, and you get this. I doubt Mr. Medina can become a Minister, and it goes to show how his political career has morphed in the last twenty years: from rabble-rouser to left-wing firebrand to anti-totalitarian to proto-liberal.

    You can add a number of people to the “long-shot” list: Mrs. Sosa de Arrieta, Mr. Arria and Mr. Rausseo. But you could also say the same about Messrs. Fernandez and Alvarez Paz. Do they lend gravitas to the process? It depends on who you ask (they have rabid, if a tiny base of supporters). Do they give democratic credibility to the process? Again, it depends on who you ask. Do they have “presidenciable” credentials? To quote Mr. Perez Vivas –who, may I remind you, was declared as dead a fish as Mr Medina is now a few months back- they meet all the legal requirements for the post (and none of them are pardoned criminals or former beauty queens).
    In any case, one of the great things about the primarias is that unelectable notables will be weeded out and, if they choose to run against the main opposition platform in the coming presidential elections, they will be either neutralized or discredited. We cannot compare them, until that happens, to Pedroza, Borregales or El Brujo: not only were those different times and processes, but we can say that the current crop is made of either long-tenured public servants or professional politicians.

    • I still remember Mr Medina taking out a revolver from his jacket in a threatening manner when the police started to use the water cannon against him. That was some time in the early nineties, I believe.
      At that moment I thought he was out forever and Causa R absolutely discredited.
      But in Venezuela it seems no one seems to care for those little details.

    • Indeed your argument has merit, but in the present circumstances, the fact that Medina enters the field is just a clownish act. This is not a time for self-centeredness. All these wannabes have to understand that the primaries should be a competition field for the ones with the best option to defeat the thug. If a candidate has a support of less than 1% as many of them have, then he/she is basically dead in the water, and his/her participation would distract efforts to unseat the main thug.

      • This, among other things, makes this election different from normal ones. We in the opposition are electing a representative in primaries, not a would-be King to rival the current tyrant of Miraflores, but rather a challenger with all our support to unseat him. It will be a thankless job, and it will need all possible support.

        But wait… maybe these other candidates without a hope will introduce their talking points. That’s more important than the number of supporters they can line up.

  12. That kind of thought is harmful for opposition, “Even a dog is better than Chavez…” Maybe from our point of view it is, but remenber is not us that the MUD has to convince to beat Chavez, is those guys at barrios who feels that has received some benefit from the government and they are afraid of losing it… for them, a Dog is not better than Chavez, a lot of the oppo candidates are not better than Chavez, and Pablo Medina isn’t for sure better than Chavez…

    • “a lot of the oppo candidates are not better than Chavez, and Pablo Medina isn’t for sure better than Chavez”- I disagree. I would take any ANY over Chavez
      even Pablo -either one. I am not saying they could beat Chavez in an election-
      I just don’t think any of them can be as bad as Chavez has been-even if they
      tried their best to be terrible…Furthermore- do you have any doubts about what the
      future will be like with Chavez still in power Euro?

      As for the dog- the point is Chavez is absolutely horrible-don’t read too much into
      the quote…


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