Quico and I were discussing this weirdly enthralling video, where the moribund President, overcome with emotion over his looming trip back home to Cuba, waltzes right up to the brink of sobs.
Chatting about it, Quico pointed out how inappropriate it was for the Prosecutor General, Luisa Ortega, and the Supreme Court Chief Justice, Luisa Estela Morales, to be there (0:54′ in the video), just chillin’ next to each other in an eminently political act, cheering the President as he signs an openly unconstitutional law, and all mere days after the Aponte Aponte thing went down.
I mean, you’d think they would’ve given it a month!
To put it in perspective, imagine if Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan were to appear in the Rose Garden with Barack Obama, cheering him on while he signs a controversial, all-encompassing law that was not even discussed in Parliament, one whose constitutionality they’ll be in charge of evaluating. (It’s an imperfect analogy, sure, since there’s no U.S. equivalent to the role of Fiscal General – just remember that in Venezuelan constitutional theory, Ortega is meant to be just as apolitical and beyond the executive’s control as Morales is.)
Those two names. Ortega and Morales. Luisa and Luisa. Those two shameless lawyers are like the Patty and Selma of the Revolution, sucking the life out of everything they touch. They are so far above the law, so far above any of the undoubtedly true claims being made about them, they’re not even pretending anymore.