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Sun Dec 16, 2012, 11:13 PM

Venezuela government sweeps vote, but Capriles holds seat

Venezuela government sweeps vote, but Capriles holds seat
Allies of cancer-stricken President Hugo Chavez swept nearly all of Venezuela's 23 states in Sunday's regional vote, but Henrique Capriles consolidated his position as top opposition leader by winning re-election as governor.

The 40-year-old governor of Miranda beat Chavez's former vice president Elias Jaua to retain his job at the head of Venezuela's second-most populous state Miranda, leaving him as candidate-in-waiting if Chavez's ill health forces him to step aside.

The ruling Socialist Party, however, extended its control over the South American OPEC nation, snatching four states from the opposition to win 19 of 23. It staged several upsets including a victory in the most populous state of Zulia.

The youthful Capriles' re-election will help maintain unity among the historically fractured opposition in a potential election against Vice President Nicolas Maduro, Chavez's anointed successor.

Great news. Primerio Justia is now made more relevant and MUD is completely in disarray. Finally the last vestiges of the old guard will be swept away. A very long hill battle for Capriles though ahead.

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Reply Venezuela government sweeps vote, but Capriles holds seat (Original post)
joshcryer Dec 2012 OP
Peace Patriot Dec 2012 #1
joshcryer Dec 2012 #2
ocpagu Dec 2012 #4
Bacchus4.0 Dec 2012 #3

Response to joshcryer (Original post)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 03:57 AM

1. This election shows who has the power in Venezuela: THE PEOPLE.

It has never been about Chavez. It has always been about the Venezuelan people--their creation of an honest, transparent election system and their awesome grass roots activism.

But you will never hear of this from Rotters or from any corpo-fascist so-called news organization. This OP is a Rotters news article. (I don't call Reuters Rotters for nothing--posters should identify the news source, please.)

The great majority of the people of Venezuela demanded a "New Deal" and got one from the Chavez government, so they kept re-electing that government and have now solidified the socialist party's power with a confirming vote on the state governors. They lucked out in getting Chavez as their leader--just like we north Americans lucked out in the 1930s, in getting a leader who really represented us over and against "organized money" (as FDR put it). In both cases, a leader became a charismatic and visionary leader by listening to the people, by identifying with the people and by encouraging the people in every way they could to take back their country from the greedbag thieves who had wrecked it. Yes, of course, it's about how Chavez seized the moment, just as FDR seized the moment, but, in Venezuela, it's ALSO about how Chavez, their elected president, was overthrown, and how the people of Venezuela reversed that coup and put their president back in his rightful office!

That was NOT about Chavez. It was about the PEOPLE OF VENEZUELA--just as every election since then has been about these most amazing pioneers of real democracy and social justice in South America: THE PEOPLE OF VENEZUELA.

Rotters want you to think that the Bolivarian Revolution dies with Chavez, because that's what they WANT to happen. They are in a spider's web of their own delusions.

It's interesting that the next paragraph of the OP reads as follows:

"Though his (Capriles') supporters whooped for joy, the subdued tone of Capriles' victory speech and long faces of some in his campaign team reflected the reality of the drubbing the opposition took" --from the OP (my emphasis)

Typical of Rotters, they make this article not about the smashing victory of the socialist party, but about their hunt for a "great white hope" to defeat the socialists if their hopes and dreams are fulfilled and Chavez dies. They strain mightily to make this "drubbing" of the rightwing look like a moment of hope for the rightwing. It's absurd.

They squirm and twist and distort, trying to find reasons for this huge socialist victory--sympathy for the ill Chavez, blah-blah-blah. They throw in crap like, low voter turnout (54%), never saying, of course, that most by-elections in the world (non-presidential elections) have low voter turnout.

They don't lie, exactly, about the numbers. For instance, they say that, "Capriles won by just four percentage points, lower than his camp and most analysts had predicted." But then they move on to one of the few other rightwing candidates who won despite the socialist victory everywhere else: Ramon Guillermo Aveledo, whom, they say, "appeals to working class voters." Is Rotters working for the USAID (CIA) or what? They think their job is to identify the next cause that the USAID can fund?

I don't want to read about these rightwing jerks. I want to read about THE PEOPLE OF VENEZUELA and the candidates whom they overwhelmingly approve of and voted into office. Rotters gives scant words to either of these overwhelmingly important subjects: the People and their choices of governor in state after state--20 out of 23 states!

And how dare they--HOW DARE THEY--garbage up a report on this huge leftist victory with OPPOSITION TALKING POINTS!


"The results signaled the continued dominance of Chavez's socialist leadership despite his ill health and in spite of widespread complaints about shoddy roads, unsafe streets and poor electrical services."--Rotters (my emphasis)



I don't call them Rotters for nothing.

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Response to Peace Patriot (Reply #1)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 04:19 AM

2. I'll look forward to your post in this length about Capriles'...

...ascendancy to the Presidency.

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Response to joshcryer (Reply #2)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 05:17 PM

4. Wait for it...


...sitting in a very comfortable chair.

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Response to joshcryer (Original post)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 10:16 AM

3. it looks like he is about the only one. Beating the former VP was no small feat

when Hugo bites the dust, I predict political upheaval. PP posted its not about Chavez, but that is exactly the way its designed.

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