Life imitates satire

It’s viral cuz it’s true…

Two weeks ago, when I wrote this silly little satirical piece on what would happen if chavismo decided to just pretend that Chávez was ok to govern indefinitely, though he’s not even well enough to sign a letter, I really never believed it would become so relevant so fast.

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  1. Hildegard Rondón said they could call “estado de emergencia” and go against people who were interpreting the constitution in an alarmist way…

  2. Mientras se sigan firmando los cheques (y no reboten), a nadie le va a importar, o al menos lo suficiente para hacer algo contundente al respecto…


  3. The idea that Chavez could possibly be sworn in at a future date is simply absurd. The pressure to do this must be coming from the Chavez family, not the Cubans. The PSUV is taking an enormous risk in sidestepping clear constitutional guidelines. So are the Cubans. Why? Why are Maduro, Cabello and Ramirez risking their political futures by agreeing to such a bizarre course of action? Everyone now knows that Chavez’s cancer is terminal, yet the PSUV refuses to do the logical, call for an immediate election. Get it over with, quick. Now. It’s insanity not to. Why make yourselves appear as criminals, above the constitution? It just doesn’t make any sense. My guess would be that they all know that Chavez’s death is imminent. Perhaps one week, two weeks max. It’s the only thing that makes sense.

  4. Well done for being ahead of the curve. It’s really tricky, as Laureano Marquez is always complaining, to be funnier than Venezuelan reality, and for a while there you were in the lead. Actually, I think we’re in danger of plummeting right through satire into slapstick comedy. Your next piece should be inspired by Duck Soup or A Night at the Opera, or maybe even the Keystone Cops. As Groucho Marx put it: ‘those are my principles, and if you don’t like them – I have others.’

  5. I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of ———-, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of —————

    Simple words to be banned and desecrated on jan 10. Venezuela becomes an outlaw nation.

  6. Shouldn’t that be “Weekend at Hugo’s”?

    Or “Ninety Days at Hugo’s”? (if the temporary absence is declared)

    Or “Six Years at Hugo’s”? (if they just pretend Chavez is still in charge)

  7. it seems to me that for once TIME is againgst these guys and in favour of the oppo. After 10th January every day and hour that goes by with the status quo (President im suspended animation) makes their position untenable. Meanwhile The Empire could trigger a temp fall in oil prices (release strategic reserves) and watch the edifice crumble….or imagine an oil embargo on Venezuela! ha ha

  8. Shit, I can clearly see it’s going to be just like you describe here. The regent trio, Raul, Nico and Cabello will hide his death or complete disability Indefinitely. That is the path they’ve chosen until they figure out a better option to remain in power. They are likely not too content about it but hell, It is – they think- for the revolution’s sake – no doubt a desperate, risky move.

    I am also very concerned about the passiveness of Venezuelans. I doubt this will produce the reaction it would if it were another country.


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