Apt pupil

President-in-waiting Nicolás Maduro addressed the nation. We can already see glimmers of his style, and it is pure Chávez.

Instead of using the momentous occasion to unite the country, his speech is a distillation of the divisive politics that have served his master so well.

Us, love. Them, hate. Us, fatherland. Them, haters of the country. Us, unity. Them, anti-Venezuelan, Us, sad yet determined. Them, happy and despicable.

It’s a circus, folks.