Double dose of crazy

Hopeless in Caracas
Hopeless in Caracas

As many of you, I watched Nicolás Maduro’s speech last night in awe. Not only was it a rambling, incoherent mess; it also made clear what everyone seems to be catching on to – that Maduro is insane.

For me, the most galling part was when he blamed the opposition for causing the electricity crisis.

Venezuela’s electricity sector is owned by the State – entirely. From generation to distribution, there is not a single part of the business that is in private hands. The entire industry has been heavily imilitarized. But according to Maduro, we are to believe that Venezuela’s frequent ongoing blackouts are the fault of … opposition sabotage.

It only reinforces what many Venezuelan voters are already feeling: this guy is two cards short of a full deck.

It defies reason that Maduro thinks he can get away with this unsubstantiated claim. So far, we are already seeing how employees of the State’s utility reject the accusation.

Politically, this doubling down was the worst possible message. Instead of extending an olive branch, the accusation of sabotage simply doubles down on polarization. There can be no bridge-building with the people responsible for blackouts, right?

Fraud or no fraud, one thing is clear from last night’s results: the more people see of Maduro, the less they like him. He is deflating right before our eyes, and it won’t be long before his popularity is in the 20s.

And when that happens, I’m sure we’ll be blamed for it as well.

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  1. 14 years later and still it pains me profoundly to see the Venezuelan flag waving along with the dirty Cuban rag (speech vid, starting at 00:14)… but of course, the nation-less traitors that plan to sell out the country are those that do not support chavismo.

  2. The Castros have been spewing such kind of crazy accusations for fifty years, but, rather than symptoms of madness, they have been part of a careful strategy to shape the political debate to their needs.

  3. Not everyone is going to enjoy hearing this, but in many ways (Painful ways) This small margin victory will work out to the oppositions favour. The job of the opposition will be to keep united as they have managed so far in the last two elections. and let Maduro loose grip on the Party and watch it fracture into its various Factions.

    My fear if Capriles won, is that he would get all the blame for everything that has gone wrong. we all know Chavistas will never blame Chavez. But they will blame who ever came after him!,
    “why is there no money?”
    “why am i loosing my goverment job?”
    “why is crime so high?”
    “Why is food so expensive?”
    “Why are my latin American Neighbours doing better?”
    Maduro is going to be the fall guy. Let him take the rap.

    Cabello will be key for an early exit. unfortunately that means keeping him and his army buddies in the circle of power…… which i wouldnt relish as it wont change the corruption.

    I guess its better that they are in the tent, than outside, pissing on it.

    • I don’t see god-given joining the opposition any time soon. He wants power for himself and has an extensive rabo de paja. However, I agree that this result is good in the sense that it deslegitimizes the govt and couples with all the issues the country has, it will accelerate maduro’s downfall. What happens after that is a mystery.

    • Another way of making your point: the longer this nonsense goes on, the deeper the pit the country will find itself in. The deeper the pit, the stronger the reaction against it. The stronger the reaction, the less chance of turning to the opposition and then returning to the empty promises again, since they failed so miserably. The only question I have is, where is that point? Given that about 50% of voters are supporting Maduro, I have to say not yet. With 3-6 more years of garbage for results, perhaps.

  4. Chamos – what is this about boletas being found in Barinas? This article is so vague, I don’t know what to make of it: how many were found? will those votes be counted? do they need to be re-cast? how is that possible, if the vote is secret? If there are a lot of votes that were lost in the street, this could be an issue.

    • We’re trying to compile info on this. If this becomes a trend – great! Nothing says fraud more than finding paper ballots in sewers and dumpsters. If the audit cannot take place, it reinforces Capriles’ point even more.

      • One scenario that bothers is the CNE cara e’ tabla. CNE simply says “no we won’t do an audit”, what is Capriles to do then?. If he goes AMLO, we are back to the black swan days. If he says well ok, he is left in a hanger. Granted haven’t slept much but can’t find a viable solution.

    • Crazy? You think so, Juan?

      Crazy like a fox, I’d say. He knows EXACTLY what he’s doing and saying. He’s re-writing history, wholesale, to rally his base, maybe 35% of the population. He’s hardening them for battle. It’s Goebbels-meets-Kafka-meets-Orwell, and it works. It’s worked for Fidel for 50 years. Maduro is many things, but crazy he’s not.

      • Exactly Eric. Juan, what is so “crazy” about doing exactly what they’ve been doing for the last 14 years and what all communist/socialist et al regimes have done throughout history? Lie to the ignorant masses. It’s called propaganda. You create the reality you want people to believe. It’s worked for 14 years. Unless the uneducated gov’t supporters have their eyes open to the truth, nothing these people say can be called “crazy”. It’s just more venomous propaganda poisoning the empty minds of the ignorant.

    • I am sure that the CNE is not prepared to fetch a significant % of the ballot boxes, much less 100%. There is probably no records of where they are kept, to which voting center they belong, etc. since they normally would be probably kept for several weeks and then be icinerated (Somebody with more knowledge please confirm or deny).

      What happens if we can only audit 75% of the votes, and cannot audit he other 25% , specially with a victory margin of only 1.something % ? Would we have to repeat the elections in those places were there are no ballot boxes available for audit ?

    • NET,

      When the most productive, educated and competent 20% of population have fled the country (and they will, if you put enough pressure on them), then Venezuela will be like Cuba.

  5. You know Juan, I have a degree in EE, and I always impressed at how these guys can talk about sabotage so easily.

    Sabotaging a power system without killing yourself in the process is not an easy task, as Juana La Iguana and multiple rabipelaos can testify. Even trained technicians are unfortunately killed every year because of safety issues.

    How can they even suggest that one, out of nowhere, can get into a substation and sabotage the system?

    • It’s basically because most people aren’t electrical engineers. Sabotaging a power grid without frying yourself is really hard but if you repeat sabotage enough times it’ll be a truth of sorts. I’m just surprised that some people hear sabotage and actually believe it. If a president in my own country of Honduras were to blame power failures on a shady group of conspirators he’d get pointed and laughed at for the rest of his term.

      • Its easier in Venezuela. The government/regime has gone out of their way to keep the ppl ignorant. Ignorants are much easier to manipulate.

  6. He’s not crazy. He’s just repeating the same lie the thousandth time. The sociopathic movement which he leads, upon the death of his sociopath leader, can never admit to having f***ed things up that completely.


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