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Hugo Chávez’s desperate
bid for political survival

Miami Herald, by Roger F. Noriega

Original Article

Posted By:PageTurner, 9/30/2012 1:58:30 AM

Venezuela’s cancer-stricken leader, Hugo Chávez, appears to be losing ground to opposition candidate Henrique Capriles Radonski, and the ruling party is taking dramatic steps to bully the opposition and to whitewash the results of the Oct. 7 balloting. Only in Venezuela could violent street gangs and a former U.S. president be on the same team. According to sources in Miraflores palace, about two months ago, Chávez began refusing cancer treatment and check-ups, insisting that returning to the campaign trail would invigorate him. In recent weeks, as doctors warned, this dangerous decision has taken a terrible toll.

The thug belongs on a meathook but defeat at the polls would be acceptable.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: killerbee, 9/30/2012 2:48:26 AM     (No. 8899646)

Watch Hugo's behavior for clues of what Obama might do if he feels desperate. They're cut from the same cloth.

Reply 2 - Posted by: Spidey, 9/30/2012 2:57:41 AM     (No. 8899650)

I wonder if people in the northeast who get free heating oil from Chavez are going to send in absentee ballots.




Reply 3 - Posted by: Truthtopower1, 9/30/2012 7:26:02 AM     (No. 8899810)

A terrible toll?......sympathizer

Reply 4 - Posted by: Bad Dog, 9/30/2012 7:44:58 AM     (No. 8899829)

Compare article photos #1 and #2..... notice the crowd in #1, compared to the people in #2.

Says a lot. Let's HOPE for CHANGE in Venezuela! And Barcky, you're on deck.....

Reply 5 - Posted by: planetgeo, 9/30/2012 7:45:23 AM     (No. 8899831)

One of the lessons here (assuming Chavez loses) is that countries that succumb to socialism take a long time to unsuccumb to it. It's been 14 years since Hugo won. 14 years! When countries go stupid, they stay stupid a long time. It takes a while to run out of other peoples' money.

Reply 6 - Posted by: oh-heck, 9/30/2012 7:53:16 AM     (No. 8899840)

Opening sentence made me read to find out which of the last 3 Democrat presidents was actively involved.

FTA: Chávez also is taking steps to ensure that the international community accepts his victory, no matter what the outcome. In this, he is counting on former President Jimmy Carter and retired governor and Clinton Cabinet member Bill Richardson. On Sept.11, Carter described Venezuela’s electoral system “as the best in the world.

Reply 7 - Posted by: uno, 9/30/2012 8:12:10 AM     (No. 8899866)

I suspect that when you're counting votes down there you're primary thoughts are not about accuracy, but rather if you want to continue to be able eat dinner with your family.




Reply 8 - Posted by: Distorted, 9/30/2012 8:12:14 AM     (No. 8899867)

If you are permitted to read this, Venezueleans, you have a chance to slip a well-deserved knife in the ribs of the despot while he still can feel it and before he passes his rule on to his equally despotic wife.

Reply 9 - Posted by: Crosscut, 9/30/2012 8:15:46 AM     (No. 8899877)

Chavez will not be missed. He is lucky he won't be dragged through the streets by his heels, which most socialists deserve. It took long enough. Let's hope he goes quietly.

Reply 10 - Posted by: Dodge Boy, 9/30/2012 8:41:52 AM     (No. 8899926)

When are Hugo and Fidel finally going to kick the can?

Reply 11 - Posted by: The Patriot Code, 9/30/2012 8:56:31 AM     (No. 8899953)

If I recall correctly, didn't Chavez win the last election with something like 95% of the vote, demonstrating, of course, that who counts the votes is the most important factor in an election. Chavez will win this "close" race with 75-80% of the vote and the handsome challenger will meet the same fate as the good looking boxer Tony Janaro when he fought The Raging Bull, Jake LaMotta. In a word, "splat".

Reply 12 - Posted by: doctorfixit, 9/30/2012 9:22:01 AM     (No. 8899987)

Maybe Clinton can visit Venezuela and boost the Chavez campaign.




Reply 13 - Posted by: moebellini, 9/30/2012 10:06:46 AM     (No. 8900054)

Reply 14 - Posted by: moebellini, 9/30/2012 10:07:53 AM     (No. 8900056)

Has anyone seen Sean Penn? Last I heard he was counting ballots for Chevez.

Reply 15 - Posted by: RancherJack, 9/30/2012 10:45:09 AM     (No. 8900126)

Chavez must be a rookie then. If Obama got as far as Chavez did he'd just have all opponents eliminated.

Reply 16 - Posted by: Linda Ann, 9/30/2012 10:55:18 AM     (No. 8900143)

Hugo gets to count the votes. As did Stalin, and the other communists dictators. He won't lose.

Reply 17 - Posted by: capt scurvey, 9/30/2012 11:14:58 AM     (No. 8900168)

As a matter of fact, #16, two opposition organizers got capped yesterday.

Chavez has promised to find their killers...




Reply 18 - Posted by: chance_232, 9/30/2012 11:34:09 AM     (No. 8900194)

Here's the real question:

Assuming that Hugo is defeated ...... will he go quietly? Will he go at all? Will the military keep him in power?

Will Obama recognize the election results and celebrate democracy?

Reply 19 - Posted by: Reality, 9/30/2012 11:57:56 AM     (No. 8900225)

RE #2
I wonder if Joe Kennedy is campaigning for Hugo in order to protect the large salary he is collecting from the "non profit" Citizens Energy?

Reply 20 - Posted by: geronimo, 9/30/2012 12:21:03 PM     (No. 8900266)

Isn't Univision a busy bee:

"At a Sept. 15 rally in San Fernando de Apure, Chávez wept openly during an emotional appeal at a political rally. Two days later, the Spanish-language Univision caught two senior government ministers on an open microphone lamenting the poor organization and underwhelming turnout of a rally in a Caracas barrio."


Reply 21 - Posted by: Ida Lou Pino, 9/30/2012 12:30:42 PM     (No. 8900281)

Don't worry - - Jimmuh is there - - so - - -

- - - so Chavez is safe.

Jimmuh never met a dictator that he didn't want to kiss.

Reply 22 - Posted by: NMPatriot, 9/30/2012 12:55:38 PM     (No. 8900314)

It figures that the greasy slime ball called Bill Richardson (alcoholic, reprobate ex-NM Gov.) is willing to legitimize Chavez in Venezuela. A "Journalist" would find out how much money Chavez is paying him and win a Pulitzer but sadly they no longer exist!



Reply 23 - Posted by: cat2, 9/30/2012 6:41:48 PM     (No. 8900829)

Chavez would probably not be on the skids at all were he not dying of cancer. If election fraud and intimidation by goons do not make Chavez the winner, and even if he succumbs soon, his "equally despotic" wife and probably dozens of aparatchiks are already hatching their plans to be the one to prolong the gravy train for the in-group while impoverishing the country.

It's a vain hope for us, and for the Venezuelans, that this socialist outrage is going to be terminated at only 14 years.

Reply 24 - Posted by: danu, 10/1/2012 1:09:13 AM     (No. 8901286)

The head of the local shamans' union says that the Beard and the Bumface both have witch doctors on the payroll performing blood sacrifices, to ensure their longevity.
You know, the usual: farm animals, small children, pase' gov't officials. /s/

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