In my latest thing for the Washington Post, I thought it was important to take a moment to reflect:

On Wednesday, some of the opposition’s most influential moderates, including Miranda state governor Henrique Capriles and National Assembly chairman Henry Ramos, sounded distinctly like the radicals they used to tut-tut in 2014. Venezuelans could hardly believe our ears as we heard them call for the National Assembly to unilaterally vote to unseat Maduro and then march to the presidential palace to hand him his pink slip. It was simply unprecedented.

I have a feeling we’re not in Cojedes anymore, Toto.

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  1. It is just a matter of time for the blasphemies of yesterday to become the conventional wisdom of today and tomorrow. Now, Raymundo and everybody is calling for a general strike and for a march to Miraflores. Whoever suggested this six months ago, two years ago was a radical, extremist, a group of rich empantuflados sending Venezuelans to die from the safety of their huge Florida mansion, bla, bla, bla.
    The dictatorship was finally “decreed” only a few days ago, after years of being called a “hybrid”, an authoritarian but democratic regime, bla, bla, bla , in spite of the many violations to the constitution, committed before our very eyes.
    Just a matter of time, a “little”delay, but this delay has meant ruin for Venezuela.

    • Still living in unreality Coronel? The AN can do what it likes to no effect as it is still in contempt. And even if it was still legal – which it currently is not – it would still need an antejuicio de mérito” to unseat Maduro.

      There will be no march to Miraflores on 3 November and the only thing your opposition buddies have left is more violence.

      As for you Quico – how can you possibly listen to Morons lije Freddy Guevara. You have a PhD for God’s sake or is that negated in your mind by the opposition “chip” that is embedded in your skull.

      I see the directors of the AN going to jail for attempting a coup.

      • Right because the govt is so follower of law and what is right. Please. There is no rule of law in Venezuela from 18 years ago. And that is because of the people in government. The blood will be in their hands not the oppo, and history sonner than later will taje care of them. Look stalin, mao, winners but finally losers

      • Arturo, from what I can gather from your valuable contribution to this forum, your brain has been washed, bleached and sand-blasted by all the official propaganda from all these years, perhaps willingly on your part.

        Your head has been emptied of the meaning of democracy, replaced by the chavista version, basically the malandro version, where you take by force whatever you want and annihilate whoever opposes you.

        The AN is NOT in contempt, it is absolutely 100% legal thanks to the Constitution and all the votes which make chavismo the minority now. What´s illegal and unconstitutional are the appointment of the TSJ hampones, the absence of true independence between public powers, Maduro´s 2017 budget, the suspension of the recall referendum, Maduro´s trips around the world, the detainment, torture and incarceration of opposition protesters, governors and other public figures, etc, etc, etc, And that´s only in the last year, mind you. Go back 14 years and the list becomes overwhelming.

        Most important of all is the ILLEGAL SPOLIATION of Venezuela´s riches by Comandante Tribilín and Co., the result of which is evident to anybody with half a brain.

        Still, there´s useful idiots like Arturo who support all this. Thankfully it seems there´s less of them than before. We have to remember it´s a free world, anyone can think how they like, the problem is when you let someone else do the thinking for you.

        Arturo, you must be living in bliss to display such ignorance.

        Bye bye.

  2. You’re not bad with “the English,” Arturo, but the tacit approval of the standing government – by dissing the AN – betrays your insanity. Of that we may be sure. Unless you’d like to clearly state your position…

  3. This Arturo is very far from the Arturo of Uslar Pietri, much closer to the Arturo of fried chicken. He should not be reading CC but APORREA. What a schmuck!

  4. “There will be no march to Miraflores on 3 November”

    Yes there will be, and though I do believe there’s a strong possibility of violence, you and I both know from where it will originate…..those same chavista thugs tossing stones while the police standing next to them watched and gave them cover.

    Democracy. Bullshit.

  5. I think that this final convergence of radicals and moderates is a very long time coming considering that Maduro reached power through roughly a million fraudulent votes in 2013 and the recount never got to happen like it should have…surprise, surprise. Having said that, when you have a AN victory that was so clear and perfect – 2/3 – for the opposition – then you really have something to show internationally and internally. No matter what the TSJ does against that majority, the fact itself speaks volumes and it gives the Opposition a real chance to show how it would govern, to call for investigations, to make visible its positions, its talent, its performance under pressure.
    I agree with people like Franchesqui who say that Allup is hypocritical in saying that that “there are no good coups” because in fact AD came to power twice as a result of coups, one of which, of course, marked the beginning of the most successful democratic period in Venezuela to date. Having said that, would it have been possible to actually force the government to fall without having laid out the laborious democratic process that has left a lot of people looking like “pendejos” ?
    Nobody can argue with the 80% support for change that the MUD has. Capriles always said that the only way that things would change for good was to have a margin of victory that was so large that no amount of fraud could eliminate it. That is the current situation. The “threat” to march to Miraflores is now the final endgame where it is not clear how anything happens without the Minister of Defense getting a push from his subordinates.
    But the institutional backdrop is much stronger now for the Opposition to lean on and – I suppose – legislate an emergency junta to manage the presidency or maybe Maduro does the manly thing and resigns which triggers elections. Any way you look at it there is going to be some vertigo going forward. Does the OAS oversee general elections? Is Aristobulo forced into a coalition government with a change in the CNE and TSJ? At what point does the justice system recover sufficiently to go after the narco generals, narco governors and narco legislators? How far ahead has the MUD worked out a strategy that doesn’t take 36 hours to articulate? Do they have a transitional team in place? The current mantra now is do things well so that they stick. No more improvisation. No more divided strategies. Finally.

    • “How far ahead has the MUD worked out a strategy that doesn’t take 36 hours to articulate? Do they have a transitional team in place?”

      Very good questions. Damn, I hope they don’t just stand around asking themselves, “Now what?” They need to have a clear agenda for the consolidation of the victory, for the recovery of the territory which is currently controlled by gangs, thugs, local warlords, and paramilitaries, and for the economic and social recovery to begin.


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