When in Rome…


I figure since Caracas Chronicles has always been at the forefront of new technology and stuff, we might as well get our readers used to the fact that Henrique Capriles’ public statements will be carried exclusively by internet media outlets from here on out.

Here’s our primer in pioneering guerrilla 2.0 communications: HCR’s interview to Venezuelan news (but mostly smut) portal Noticias24.com, which was also streamed live by Capriles.tv. He talks about Santos and the December Municipal Elections.

Oddly enough, neither outlet has a full interview available.

We had to wait for an eager, nocturnal Caprilista with a YouTube account to graciously upload it.

If, at the time I write this, the video has 11 hits, does this count as a tubazo?

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    • Dear Sir or Madam (I know not whether it’s Corto or Corta), Are you acquainted with what the terms ‘rearguard’ and ‘fifth column’ actually convey?

    • Cort, you got one right:

      1. a detachment detailed to protect the rear of a military formation, esp in retreat

      Capriles is trying to save chavista butt, too.

  1. a) Can we have a CC Hangout with Capriles then?
    b) Are all his interviews going to be given while he’s wearing his pajamas?

    • and
      c) if they can make Mario Silva’s fake conversations sound real, why can’t they have good sound in a video? 😉

    • Professional-looking suits are so 20th century, Juan. And that would be amazing if you could get such an interview. But you’d have to ask some good questions!

      • Come on, you don’t need to be dressed up with a suit and a tie. I wonder if Capriles would go to a date in baseball cap and jogging trousers.
        Even short sleeves but some decent trousers and no bloody baseball cup, please!
        Venezuelan men dress now like eternal teenagers.

          • His baseball look fits with :”tiene en la mano la pelota y con ella el triunfo o el fracaso: está en juego Venezuela entera.”

  2. Irrespecto al comienzo fracturado de la entrevista y a la presencia informal de Capriles, Ana ha formulado unas muy buenas preguntas, bien contestadas por Capriles.

  3. But I rather see capriles dressed like a teenager, with a 2 day shadow, with bad audio, awkward start that not at all… I feel the jogger with a two day shadow, even the awkward start add to the “frisson”, del enconchao pues. Si saliese como el chamo de white collar no tendría el mismo “effeto”

  4. I understood the criticism when he was interviewed by Bayly which had a wider range of viewers but this is an online interview, This caters to a different crowd. Much younger in general. They like the idea of a youthful modern looking Capriles. If they wanted an inaccessible old man that always dressed well but he looks like hes the founding member of Accion Democratica then Diego Arria would have gotten more then 7 votes in the primaries. The ideal thing is being able to adapt to the circumstances. When he met with Santos he was well dressed. In my opinion he looked even more presidential then Santos himself. Now hes talking to a young crowd a sports jacket makes sense. In regards to Bayly I do wish he would have worn a suit there too as that interview was seen mostly by an older crowd. Thats my opinion anyway

    • Don’t know…I don’t think one has to choose between a formal suit and jogging trousers + baseball cap
      Is the average Venezuelan dressed in baseball cap and jogging trousers most of the time? It just looks like a teenager, I say.

      • The average Venezuelan under the age of 30 likes a candidate that looks and acts young like them. Is this mature of them?. Hell no but its what you have to do to keep them interested. I dont mind him dressing the part as long as he doesnt make reggaeton the official genre of the country when hes president or starts taking pictures with Justin Bieber. If itll get us a few votes or at least keeps the youth as supportive of him as theyve been then in my opinion making my eyes cringe is a small price to play. We’re not Colombia guys. Formal and traditional does not work for us. One day maybe we’ll be a country where politicians can look like statesmen all of the time but we arent there yet. Our goal right now is to regain democracy. The formalities of it will come later

        • Capriles dress and looks are casual , every day , not spruced up , a bit on the slovenly side , which underscores his honesty , his sincerity , his not beign like politicians of old always so careful of their inmaculate appearance , and of course always so duplicious !! Maduro on the other hand either wears the common politicians uniform of dark suit and tie or military looking togs, maybe to remind his audience of his ‘spiritual’ connection to the dear departed leader . These sartorial effects have their role in creating an impression in ordinary venezuelan minds and cannot be overlooked by anyone seeking to become their leader..

          • This is not just informal. It’s tacky.
            Man, you can be dressed like Andrés Velázquez, like Pedro Pérez, simple shirt, trousers, even jeans…that’s how, by the way, Ocariz (who is younger than Capriles), dresses. You do not need a tie! Just a normal shirt, normal trousers in India, Jamaica, Venezuela, China.

            He is ALL the time (but when meeting a president, apparently) dressed like a carajito de 18.

            Come on, guys! The average voter in Venezuela is 41-43 years old (I did the maths).

            A guy who is over 22 doesn’t go around with a baseball cap and jogging trousers for everything, just if he is doing some sports or he just wants to fetch the newspaper at the street next to his house on a Sunday morning.

            He looks to me like a guy who is still living with his parents.
            I vote for him anytime, but come on! It’s about optimizing his image.

          • Eucarionte : I’m not all that observant and so although I do think that Capriles is wise to avoid dressing or talking too formally maybe your are right that at times his dressing style is getting a tad too ‘sportive’ for lots of peoples taste . Perhaps he should look into that .

          • Eucarionte, agree with you 100%. Also, shaving every once in a while would also help look better than a malandro sifrino.

          • There’s casual, there’s lazy, there’s homeless. It would embarrass me to be seen in the clothes Capriles wears most of the time. It doesn’t signify honesty and sincerity at all to me, but then I’m not the Venezuelan voter.

  5. While the fashion discussion is *fascinating*…

    … There are ways to improve this new normal of the opposition being relegated to the Internet. YouTube and Capriles.tv or any kind of (relatively) centralized hosting is problematic for a number of reasons. These and future videos should also be seeded as torrents to extend their reach.


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