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  1. I give y’all this you are writing bunch of guys and monosyllabic holophrastic for the defenders of the faith of money for the same whore media thats been mostly wrong as of late.

    But keep on trying…

    For some other views.

    Cort

    Venezuela’s Presidential Elections: An Imperfect-Victory
    Source URL (retrieved on 08/10/2012 – 6:35pm): http://venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/7333

    *Election Diary, Venezuela*
    The Ballot and the Bullet
    by GEORGE CICCARIELLO-MAHER
    http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/10/08/the-ballot-and-the-bullet/

    Venezuela: the masses defend revolutionary gains – time to move to socialism
    By Jorge Martin
    http://www.marxist.com/venezuela-chaves-victory-oct-2012.htm

    • “Chavez correctly warned that the implementation of such a plan would lead to civil war (as happened in 1989 when Carlos Andres Perez implemented an IMF package of cuts)”

      Civil war in Venezuela in 1989? Did that happen in a parallel dimension? That’s probably the same dimension in which Chavez erradicated illiteracy in Venezuela…

  2. Good article.

    I can feel the despair from here. It must feel like a real ‘what else can the opposition do?’ moment.

    But there are positives. Significant inroads have been made since 2006. The campaign was clearer, more inclusive and not so far off, especially if you take out the free washing machines. But most of all, unity is the strongest opposition card.

    I can’t see Chavez expending as much effort or finance on the governor/mayoralty elections. Chavez’ Kumbaya moment implies he is thinking about his legacy. The prize for the opposition of holding it together is therefore a real shot at getting some more heavyweight & talented political figures in to the frame.

  3. OK. The opposition is right ! WHAT ARE THEN, YOU GOING TO DO TO FIX UP VENEZUELA and get power back ? OR IS THE OPPOSITION AS INEFFECTIVE AS THE CUBAN ONE ? LIKE NEVER FOR VENEZUELA TO BE THE SAME AS BEFORE CHAVEZ OR BETTER !
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    In other words I think the opposition of Venezuela, are just a bit more dirk of the muck Venezuelan’s are !
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  4. It is the moment to accept that nothing but time itself will topple Chavismo. It is either Chavez´s death from natural causes or extreme economic conditions leading to total chaos. The latter would only be triggered by some miraculous invention, the likes of a super battery, replacing oil once and for good.

    Because come Capriles, como Ghandi, come Churchill, come whoever; Chavez is unfortunately the clearest expression of a huge percentage of Venezuelans, be them rich or poor.

    And what’s left for those like me who are disgusted by what the country has become into? My way or the highway!

  5. Juan
    I could not disagree more with your take on the elections.

    “Massacre”, “wallop”, “irrelevance”.
    These words are too negative to describe the closest presidential election after arguably the best campaign in the history of Venezuela.

    There was no wallop or massacre. Chávez is probably happy that he won because even after all the propaganda, all the abuses, all the threats, all the tricks, all the spending that the petrostate could muster he got a contender that was able to make inroads and seriously erode his support. The effort was not enough for this election to convince the other 5% needed, but politics is a process, long and arduous and it doesn’t happen only during elections. Just because this particular election is over doesn’t mean the political capital that Capriles created is going to be for naught.
    The coming governors election will be key to invest that political capital into positive results.

    There’s no irrelevance when you represent 45% of the country. That is a real opposition.

    • Sorry amieres. Your analysis is fine if the difference had been two or five points, not eleven points. It was a rout. 6.5 million votes means you are a sizeable minority. But in Venezuela, being in the minority doesn’t count for squat. It’s a tyranny of the majority.

      • Not a rout, a normal defeat and considering the history and all the advantages that the government has, a very good result.
        If you conducted an election with 20 voters and the result was 11-9 would that be a rout? Hardly, just one of them changes his mind and is a tie.

        A sizable minority that doesn’t need a machinery to come out and vote in the coming elections can very easily win several important states if it maintains the same impetus. That poses a serious threat to chavismo for the future.

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