Bocaranda's freakin' me out now…


Over the last couple of years, Caracas gossip-monger Nelson Bocaranda has made up (partly) for his long and inglorious record of getting sensitive stories wrong by, miraculously, seeming to have the kind of inside-line on Chávez’s condition that even high ranking chavistas could only dream of. Which is why his tweet-stream tonight makes me think we’re seeing more than the usual flash-in-the-pan rumor outbreak:

Las próximas horas serán clave. Presidente Raúl Castro alertó a sus ministros y conversó con presidentes amigos al igual que el VP Maduro.

El Presidente Chávez esta bajó sedación intensa. Sus familiares y VP Maduro EN VIGILIA PERMANENTE ante lo delicado de su gravedad.

Por acelerado deterioro del Presidente es que el VP Maduro se dirigió al país para “preparar a los venezolanos ante situación irreversible”

RUNRUN:Me informan desde Cuba que la situación de la salud del Presidente Chávez se agrava con el paso de las horas. Solo familia a su lado.

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  1. I doubt Hugo Chávez Frías will see January 1st.
    Beyond the tragedy for his immediate family, lies his distant nation, fractured. For, the man who never learned how to control his demons, took his rage out on any group that he imagined had had an easier path than his, or would not agree with his disorganized vision for the country.
    Chávez’ inability to understand and deal with his mental state went hand-in-hand with his unwillingness to look after himself, physically. He thought he was a god, his sycophants feeding into that delusion. Adding to the recipe was his faustian pact with those of long tentacles and similar profiles of resentment.
    Chávez could have done so much good, outside all the palaver to cover up what was nothing more than a power grab and a vast indebtedness.

    It is a tragedy. But I’m hopeful the country can once again rise from the ashes, though it will take many years to restore the chaotic remains. I’m hopeful, because … muerto el toro, se acabó la corrida.

    • I think you are deeply wrong Syd.
      In spite of Mao’s madness and the cultural revolution, China is still under the grip of the CCP… The sad part is that I don’t see Maduro leaving behind Cuba’s orthodoxy. He’s been chosen precisely for the opposite, so we cannot even hope for an economic reborn.
      As for political control, I don’t even dream about, the fellas have the full grip on it… Elections won’t change that.

    • Great comment Syd. I think we share the same sense of bewilderment. After all we have been through, written about, obsessed over, it is going down like this? Chávez ends not with a bang, but with a whimper.

      Who would have thought that after all the allegations of “magnicidios,” cachito-eating paramilitaries, bazooka-firing gringos, the “magnicidas” would be Chávez’s own cells, taking him way before his time, years before he even turned 60. Is it luck? Is it fate? Or will we look back at Chávez fondly, given what may be coming down the pipe?

      Whatever is in store, we’d better hold on to our hats.

      • Juan: Death affects people in all different ways. We might have some idea how each of us will react. But no one can predict with any accuracy how Chávez’ death will feel. Hopefully our journey of experience will not go beyond the ‘entierro’. I expect there’ll be tears among those who pinned their hopes on the man who promised so much, and who gave them proof of his commitment through a Haier. There may be fear and trepidation among others, who don’t know how this culebrón will turn. I expect there will be catharsis among certain groups. And I would not be suprised if there is massive relief among those who have lost loved ones, as a result of the lawlessness and senseless anger that this regime promoted. That is, to achieve its hidden agenda. Naturally, María Alejandra López will be popping champagne corks. I hope she does so in the privacy of her home.

    • Syd: Really excellent comment, especially, “his Faustian pact…”. I’m not yet totally optimistic, a la Mayke, due to the completely near-/mid-term unforeseeable consequences. But, I don’t think Maduro has staying power, at this point. For those in Venezuela, stock up on cash and food.

    • Well put Syd. Btw that lady I saw yesterday you commented on was I reckon about 40 and it was her two young kids with her. She is going to see a good specialist.

    • >>> …Beyond the tragedy for his immediate family, lies his distant nation, fractured.

      Well said. Let’s just remember, the voters got what they asked for. The piece of … that led all of vzla down the garden path, was egged on by the majority of the voting public.

      • Do you not think that the nation was fractured way before Chávez came to power? Didn’t the other turds, JL, LHC, CAP (1 and 2), lead us down the primrose path that got us to where we are today?

        • Thank you for “the other turds”= Chavez, the biggest TURD of all, for being in power the longest. The TuRD is dead…Long live the TURD!

          • Didn’t understand “the other turds”, huh?? But, I respect your right to follow whatever excremental cause for which you feel the urge….

          • Well, NET, it must have been both because you are having the dreaded number three special coming out of your mouth….or is it out of your fingers as you are typing?

        • In reality it was an uninterrupted progression of social fracture. Monotonous and geometrical. With Hugo Chavez being the former, multiplied by each other.

  2. Most recent Twitter: Preparan al país ante la gravedad del Presidente.

    It does appear that the drama is coming to a conclusion.

    Time to reread Tomás Eloy Martínez’s novel Santa Evita. Who will write the Chávez novel? Unfortunately for the people of Venezuela, good material for a novel about El Presidente does not equate with El Presidente’s having been effective in improving life conditions for the people of Venezuela. Instead of the apocryphal Chinese curse, “May you live in interesting times,” one can curse, “May you provide good material for a novel.”

    Well written, Syd.

    • I’d rather recommend “The origins of Totalitarianism” and “The Magical State: Nature, Money, and Modernity in Venezuela”.
      We’ll need them to pretty understand the birth of Chavez’ cult. I have this freaky feeling his death is going to fuel few more years of revolution in Venezuela.
      Beware all of you who believe it’s over…

      • Our hopes lie precisely in the personal, magical nature of the cult. That it does not transfer to ideological ramblings. Sadly and predictably enough the sainted corpse shall be used by the corrupt, the populist, and the opportunistic for a long time (including a few now orphaned “opposition” figures) . A fitting end for the President of one of the most corrupt governments Venezuela has had in it’s long history of corrupt government. Nestor and Cristina 2050, aqui vamos!

        • Standing before the Mausoleum after the mortal remains were laid to rest, Enrique Capriles Radonski said, “El Tiempo De Dios Es Perfecto….”

  3. No Quico – Bocagrande does not get things wrong, he just simply invents things to gain notoriety. Talk abour “morbo”. He has outdone himself this time.

    This latest screed will only nedear him to the few psycho radicals in the country and he should watch his back. If and when Chavez passes there will be millions of gente transtornada out there – including some with revenge of their minds.

    Prudence and respect are the key words in this POSSIBLE scenario.


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