Over on ForeignPolicy’s Transitions blog, Juan rues the state of the quickie campaign:
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The spectacle continues. Maduro announced that Hugo Chávez would be embalmed, only to backtrack a few days later. He announced a constitutional amendment to allow Chávez to be buried in the National Pantheon, and then inexplicably shelved it. He has said that Chávez influenced the election of the new Pope. Maduro’s partner, Cilia Flores, recently said that Chávez had “won the battle for his health” because he has now multiplied and become immortalized. Further elevating Chavez’s figure to that of Christ, Maduro recently said that he did everything “for him [Chávez], with him, and in him,” and that attacks against himself and his aides were akin to an attack on Chávez, because they were all his “apostles.”
Nothing is too over-the-top for this politician.