The Gruesome Twosome

We got your justice right here.

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.

23 thoughts on “The Gruesome Twosome

  1. Yes. Astounding behavior of the Judges in front of the whole world. Were they ordered to be there?
    This truly symbolizes a deeply-brainwashed culture around Chavez..
    On another note, where’s Gustavo-out scouting among el pueblo?

    • Thanks for your concern. Personal matters have kept me away for days. I’m coming back really soon.

  2. He is saying good bye and what I am worry about is what will be his last action…Is this “consejo de Estado” legal? Obviously he is not running Oct 7, so what are they thinking…what are they planning?

    • The State Council (consejo de estado) is a new figure created in the 1999 constitution. It’s a advisory board to the President. On paper it has no governing powers whatsoever.

  3. Ridiculous. They are creating a consejo de estado in order to decide something that has already been decided by Chavez – to leave the CIDH. They have no shame. I’m actually curious as to why they haven’t denied Aponte’s allegations about their Friday meetings with the VP.

    Also, I think it’d be great to have an article to discuss the potential Chavez successor just like we did with the opposition. I think the list should include Jaua, Maduro, R Ramirez, Jorge Rodriguez, Diosdado and a couple unexpected candidates (J Faria, Stella Lugo, Arias Cardenas).

    • Is it possible that the CIDH issue is only the excuse for creating the Consejo which will then be used to rule over other things?

        • It is beginning to look like some sort of proposal for a parallel government structure. Has the president forgotten there already is a structure for government in place (i.e. the constitution)? The head of the supreme court was standing right there- she could have reminded him.

  4. Is everyone convinced that this whole thing is not just a charade? Maybe it is just the political cynic in me, but having lived in Venezuela during the his last election and a few of the referendums, it is hard for me to just accept things as they are told to us…Obviously, Chavez is increasing in popularity now (and is running a very populist campaign and will have all the media), so it will be virtually impossible to beat him if he does run at this point…

  5. “Obviously, Chavez is increasing in popularity now ” ? CP-I look at it this way:
    So Chavez goes to a party with Fidel- and buys the idea to allow
    cubans to cannibalize Venezuela. This has only increased year after
    year under Chavez.

  6. He even asked those present to sign the law, “just like they did with Carmona’s decree”. Parapraxis? He wants to bind the rats to the sinking ship. He is going down in flames and he is sure taking all of them with him.

  7. Your Republic has been hijacked and corrupted by a trojan named chavismo. Reinstall and Reboot? Yes. Hell! where is the Format / Secure Erase first option?

  8. It’s appalling but not the first time.
    The opposition should the attention to this, this is just not normal in a democracy.
    Well, hasn’t Lucena been seen also in political acts?

    • Lucena is the one who tries to maintain some sort of independence facade and gets outraged when someone calls her on her manifest partiality. They usually care more about maintaining an appearance of independence for the CNE I guess than for the TSJ.
      What I’ve found most bizarre about the video is the forced cheerfulness of everyone, they were smiling as to convince themselves that everything is perfect and will remain so.
      Regarding those two women, what’s there left to say, sometimes I think that they really are so ignorant that they don’t know or have the slightness idea of how an independent branch of power should at least pretend to act. When Luisa Estela Morales gives a statement like this, you know that asking her at least to pretend not to obey Chávez, is asking pears to the idiot tree.

      • Yes, the chief judge is basically saying, the constitution does not fit what the regime is doing, so the constitution should be amended. You’d think after Aponte’s statements, they’d be wanting to reassure people he was wrong instead of offering up incontrovertible corroborating evidence of what he was saying but then, it is just so bizzare. Its like protesting one’s innocence by way of a full confession.

        • I think that’s pretty much part of the language of Chavismo, distorting basic definition concepts of civilian government and independent official. You see that in Aponte Aponte too, he says that he was a good judge because he followed the orders, he can’t understand why did they do that to him. In the perverted mind of chavismo, a bad judge is one that does not follow orders, its an army mentality.

  9. The good news is that the president is on the way out. Would have been preferable by means of a fair election but that is pretty much out of the question given, among other things, his medical situation. The bad news is that his supporters are internally divided and armed to the teeth (apparently by design of the president- thank you for that singularly insane legacy), and there is no apparent succession plan. This is what worries me. Somebody please tell me I am an alarmist.

        • Very illuminating dialogue CACR and Canucklehead.
          “distorting basic definition concepts of civilian government and independent official”,and
          “sometimes I think that they really are so ignorant that they don’t know or have the slightness idea of how an independent branch of power should at least pretend to act.”

          Chavismo is a self-contradictory system to say the least.
          Like ‘gang logic” -there may be a certain appearance of order -like military,
          but when you look deeper you see the barbarian, animal, cutthroat underpinnings..

    • I cannot quite get it… Given the unimaginable, rather Dantean crime figures, what could we Venezuelans be possibly alarmed about? Political violence? Already, nonpolitical violence is claiming the lives of Venezuelans indiscriminately.

  10. Well Juan to give a more perfect analogy, we do have a “Fiscal General”, problem is nobody voted for that person. It just happens to be whomever has the president’s ear at any given moment. But yeah I get the point lol

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