The option on the table

A few days ago, Barinas Governor and Presidential brother Adán Chávez, rumored to be next in line to the throne, warned the nation that “armed struggle” was another mechanism to obtain and hold power. You might think this is mere bravado talk. But as commenter ErneX correctly points out, Chávez made this comment with full…

The “C” Word UPDATED

Yes sir. The “C” word crossed his lips. In weirdly circumlocuitous, adjetival form – as though “Células Cancerígenas” meant anything other than…well…that. Poor guy. Update: The video is now up and it’s weird. Chávez reading. Leaning on his “S”s. Sounding like the narrator from Nuestro Insólito Universo. Took the guy 12 years into his presidency…

The opposition’s restless base

After my post a few days ago criticizing Henrique Capriles for being vague, I got an earful from those on the other side. People close to the Governor gently called me out for being in too much of a hurry. And I guess in a way they are right. Their main thing right now, as they…

My governor joins the fray

Tal Cual is reporting that Zulia Governor Pablo Pérez will anounce his candidacy on July 5th, when he will address the Zulia parliament. I landed in Maracaibo and was promptly greeted by his face, smiling at me from a number of enormous billboards, advertising his every policy. Classy! He’s got my vote … not.

The math of NPI

A slimmed-down Chávez goes on TV, chats with Fidel in Cuba + Chávez suspends the all-important 5th of July Latin American Summit for health reasons = Nobody knows anything. Seriously folks, I’ve talked to a number of informed people in the past week. And nobody really knows what’s going on. We can entertain the different…