When I first heard about Mario Silva’s conspiracy theory about the MUD inflating turnout figures in yesterday’s primary, I figured it was a flash-in-the-pan, a rash, heat-of-the-moment outburst by a notorious hothead.
Chavismo can’t be crying fraud against its own CNE, can it?
Amazingly, it looks like it can.
Chavista media has turned this theory into the day’s leitmotif. National Radio actually brought it up to a clearly bemused Henrique Capriles.
Amazingly, Diosdado Cabello running with it, even though a few weeks back people like Mario Silva was certain CNE couldn’t be fooled (which, he thought, ruled out the primaries really happening!)
In the meantime, Chavista TV host M.A. Pérez Pirela had this to say:
“If the MUD cheated, they cheated themselves, they cheated adecos and copeyanos, it has nothing to do with the CNE. If they cheated themselves, they did so in at least two ways: first, taking from the adecos and copeyanos their power. Let the adecos and copeyanos fight for scraps. And second, getting their own hopes high that they are going to dislodge Chávez. That is their problem, it is not a problem for the revolutionary forces. They are the ones who inflated their own votes, because I don’t trust anything coming out of the opposition’s cogollo. The dirty war amongst themselves is such that they even started talking about scandals related to each other’s sexual tendencies…”
He then proceeded to make fun of AD by reading out loud this story by our favorite rodent.
Brilliantly, Tibisay Lucena just gave a deliciously ambiguous statement that didn’t exactly rule out the conspiracy – which is great, because that’s just going to add fuel to the insane opinion bubble quickly developing on the chavista side over this.
It’s like a bizarro world re-run of 2004, all this: an evidence-free, entirely seat-of-the-pants, back-of-the-envelope-calculation based, this-doesn’t-fit-in-with-my-preconceived-understanding-of-the-world-ergo-it-is-false conspiracy utterly unhooked from evidence.
Because notice that no one is saying “I have this video of viejas in El Cafetal stuffing ballots” or “this Plan República soldier caught a bunch of escuacas adding in hundreds of extra votes at the end of voting,” or any variation on that theme. It’s not that they’re concocting evidence, it’s that they’re acting as though evidence is basically beside the point. The opposition canNOT mobilize three million people, and therefore, it didn’t.
Now we know how we looked to them back in 2004. Watching your political opposites wrap themselves up in tautologies and absurd conspiracy theories can be amusing. It must have been fun for them back then.
And it sure is fun now.