9:07 – The last 45 seconds of a 14 minute speech were good. Come to think of it, if he’d delivered that same exact speech in 25 minutes instead of 14, pausing between lines, letting them land, letting people clap in peace instead of plowing over their enthusiasm, it would’ve been really good.
As it stands, it needs work, Henrique. It needs a lot of work.
9:06 - “The road of progress you want vs. the road to socialism the government wants for you.”
9:05 - “I pledge not to waste a moment on fights and arguments.” It’s explicit!
9:04 - His theme is Power vs. the Privileged. Did he hire Bob Shrum!?
9:02 - “Having social programs to help those who need them is good, but making sure in every family there is at least one person with a quality job is better.” This speech has been focus grouped to within an inch of his life. And he just goes wayyyyy too fast.
9:00 - PetroLincoln!
8:58 – Henrique Capriles just doesn’t understand the concept of an applause line. He just plows right over it…
8:56 - The speech is recycling a lot of the usual stump spiel, but fleshing it out. Guy paints with a broad brush.
8:55 - “The more the abuse their power the more Venezuelans will want to look to the future and go forward. I tell the government you will never be able to expropriate the votes of our people.” That’s how you fold a response to the day’s events into your campaign themes.
8:52 - HCR launches into the biggest speech of his career.
8:50 – Albanes totally pwned the Chavista power play with a simple, no bullshit speech. She’s not my cup of tea, but that was short, sharp and devastating.
8:48 - Capriles gets his comprobante. No lo vayas a botar!
8:45 – Albanes talks the nation through the reasons for destroying the Voting Rolls, underlines that CNE approved that decision. Message: Luisa Estella, I ain’t yo bitch!
8:41 - Teresa Albanes’s speech is draining the energy out of this crowd fast.
8:39 - Teresa Albanes works up the crowd with numbers. #NerdWin
8:37 – Pablo Perez didn’t get the memo about having to wear a tie.
8:35 - Oddly liturgical proclamation. I feel like saying back “es justo y necesario”.
8:31 - ”Venezuela needs a president who, rather than thinking his word is the law, follows and causes others to follow the constitution and the law.” Guy’s speechwriter should get a raise.
8:30 – “Capriles will be a worthy and exemplary commander in chief for our armed forces at the service of the nation and not of any political party.” Classic.
8:27 – Aveledo calls out the kid who died in Maracay. It’s so sad.
8:26 - You’d think the MUD could spring for a teleprompter. No dice.
8:24 - “Unity is a way of understanding Venezuela, and that’s what some don’t understand.” Aveledo is just a rock star.
8:21 - Aveledo pushing the theme of promise-keeping. Smart!
8:17 – They seem to have poached the telonero from VTV.
8:15 - We’re just getting going now.
8:04 - Running late. Nadie dijo que iba a ser fácil.
7:51 - Half of Capriles’s presumptive cabinet is out here mingling. They’ve cordoned off the chivos (Omar Barboza, Henry Ramos, Perez Vivas, Henri Falcon, Antonio Ledezma, Ismael García, etc.) in a little area where the rest of us can’t get to them. I’m tempted to go up and stick on a sign that says “Please Don’t Feed the Dinosaurs”.
7:30 – I hate mingling at events where I don’t know many people. #VenezuelanidadFail. (Did meet a random reader by chance though! Fun!)
6:36 - I came way too early, people are just starting to show up.
6:23 – You can watch this tarantín live on this page.
6:10 – Badgegate resolved. 20 minutes wasted. Inside, it’s basically a verbena.
5:51 - Stupid rigamarole with the press credentials. I brought my Comando Tricolor badge, they wanted a MUD badge. I thought Comando Tricolor had swallowed MUD…!??! Anyway, #BadgeFail.
5:45 - Ran into Manuel Puyana from JOTA, HCR’s Youth wing and the guys behind his sala situacional. Says they ended up with data from 44% of voting centers. He thinks the SitRooms operation worked perfect, but the data collection mechanism needs work. They’re working on it.