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  1. http://settysoutham.wordpress.com/2012/10/03/caracas-notebook-not-seeing-the-capriles-excitement/#comment-5320

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    Caracas notebook: Not seeing the Capriles excitement

    Five days from now, the votes should be counted in Venezuela’s first presidential election in six years and people can stop speculating about how the race will turn out. Unlike the vast majority of elections around the world, this one could change the politics, policy, and even demographics of a significant-sized and reasonably important chunk of the world — and the place that may have more accessible oil than anywhere else.

    For now, we’re in the campaign, and from what little I have seen in two days in Venezuela, the excitement is greater on the side supporting incumbent President Hugo Chávez, rather than challenger Governor Henrique Capriles.That is exactly the opposite of what I’ve read on most of my favourite English language websites about the country, but it’s the truth. To put it very simply, Capriles’ campaign looks like a very well run, professional campaign, and not a grassroots movement. Chávez’s campaign has elements of both.

    • A Priest, a Rabbi and a Marxist-Socialist are in an airplane that is going to crash and there are only two parachutes. The Priest says, “I have always followed the word of Jesus, so I should have one of the parachutes.” The Rabbi says, “I paid for the plane rental, so I should also have one of the parachutes.” The Marxist-Socialist says, “I would normally advocate allocating these out according to one’s means, but I’m having trouble with the end, let’s form a collective and decide how to apportion the parachutes

  2. Chavez v Capriles: The 2012 Venezuelan presidential election

    Published on Oct 3, 2012 by GreenLeftTV
    On the eve of the October 7, 2012 Venezuelan presidential election, Green Left TV’s Peter Boyle spoke to Tamara Pearson, an Australian socialist who has been living in Venezuela since 2007. She writes for Venezuelanalysis.com and for Green Left Weekly. Tamara lives in Merida but was in Caracas for the final stage of the election campaign and to help lead the 2012 Australia-Venezuela Solidarity Brigade whose members are also there to witness this election campaign.

    • You have two cows.
      The government seizes both and provides you with milk.
      You wait in line for hours to get it.
      It is expensive and sour.

      • No faltaba más. Bad enough that the gov’t uses the poor as voting fodder, crammed into buses, Hercules, and open-air garbage trucks, to travel excessive distances to reach an electoral platform. It’s bad enough that the gov’t forces its employees to don a red T-shirt and attend the rallies. But this? The soldiers?

        Could it be true, then, that young recuits with Chávez type blood were corralled to donate theirs?

    • Cort you seem to not really know how public employees feel about being forced to wear red t-shirts and go to endless marches in the heat. Monday on my way to Acarigua I passed through San Carlos where a chavez rally was building. The avenida circumvalente sur was full of busses on both sides of the street which had brought hundreds of people to the march. Funny how so many of those hundreds were from Valencia and everywhere else. So Many of those people were not there out of conviction but because they are forced to go and these people are FED UP with being for 14 years, the pawns of chavez so will vote against the regime on Sunday. How many of them there are I do not know but a hell of a lot of them will be with capriles. The meetings of Capriles are full of people who get there on their own, who are there because they know we cannot continue with this farse of a government that throws away the countries wealth to other countries for political reasons when we need it here to solve our everyday problems here. Venezuelans are not dumb or blind. and Venezuelans will never accept living under a communist regime like what you admire so much, they like material things too much….especially the ones in the barrios. It is an exciting time here and the electricity in the air( not in the power lines) is evident. Chavez has NO message to give anyone accept that he has failed in so much but will surely, in 6 more years, do everything which he has failed to do in the past 14! Venezuelans are TIRED of hearing his endless BS. this is going to end!

  3. I would be OT, but i liked the interview, the anecdote is good, it lets hope for a better future!
    Very nice that with the cháchara, “but that is what I do” “yeah, but you’re not the president” haha!

  4. Ditto, plus his statement at 7:54 : ” El 7 de octubre en la noche, no hay pueblo derrotado…” . Chavez has never believed that; in his petty mind you are either with him or against him and, GOD FORBID, even TRYING to imagine life without him!

    • it’s a sign of their anxiety and desperation. Chávez has always provided them with the excuse that mediocrity is OK, that there’s no need to aspire to or train for excellence. For Papi Chávez is in charge, in exchange for their loyalty and word spin: “oligarchy”, “revolution”, “CIA plot”, “imperialism”.

  5. Geez, bruva’. I knows you got some, don’t feed the troll, mantra bullshit going on, but please post a Mandala or something down the calmz lane, ’cause I’m really itching not to give’em a piece o’ me mind, right about now… You do have the best of ’em lot, that’s fo’ sure…

  6. You know what I *don’t* love? What Capriles is doing to his vocal chords. Sheesh, take some breathing lessons, bro!

  7. It is an interesting clip because- I don’t know quite how to say it- he looks like a guy who has outgrown the ambiente where he would naturally, under other circumstances, belong (the ambiente in this studio).

    • More like the carefully engineered new personality he has had to develop with his team to have a chance in hell of winning is showing to be able to hold up in even the most awkward of circumstances.

      • Looks real to me. I think this guy transcends the “limitations” of his upbringing. Maybe there is something lost in my linguistic ability, but this guy, to me, looks like an extraordinary politician and leader in the making. Orchestra please!

  8. This show was a golden opportunity for Capriles. Chataing airs on Televen, so this was great publicity. Capriles came off as personable, optimistic, exhausted, and in serious need of some sunscreen.

  9. Sure Quico, you and I may see in that story the rule-of-law politician we dream of, but how many voters will hear that and think “Que rata ese tipo! No le perdonó la multa a la novia!”? 😉

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