And the Gold Medal in the Mindless Politization of Olympic Victory Dash goes to…


…Bolívar State governor Francisco Rangel.

In fact, the play-on-words is borderline clever – Limardo really is from Bolívar State, so you could call his epée “la espada de Bolívar.”

But photoshopping the governor’s face into the same image? Just pathetic…

Hat Tip to Geha, who found it on Rocio San Miguel’s twitter feed.


  1. Limardo had thanked Rangel Gomez earlier this year for his help: MinDeporte’s aid had trouble reaching him, apparently.

    I don’t know the details, but Limardo’s twitter feed had the comment.

    And, yes, it is in poor taste to use this victory: but anyone in power would do so. Especially when this kind of achievements are few and far between (that is to say, they are extraordinary).

    • The worst part of the gov picture is that he’s not even making a congratulatory gesture; it’s that group-mentality salute of men playing revolution. At least he wasn’t in gang colors…

  2. I liked Limardo’s signs to his supporting group at the event, head, heart, muscle, then pointed at them. Extraordinary example of dedication, skill, and support.

    The irony of the ad is that it conveys the idea that the gov. was there to support this outcome, but what he’s really trying to get is support for himself from the outcome, I would bet without the approval of Limardo. Pathetic, indeed.

    • I’m watching a live interview of Ruben Limardo on TVes. He has been polite and has avoided any politization of his victory (he thanked Chavez once, but he wasn’t too effusive). He talked about his people on Bolivar State. The Tves people are awful questioners, including asking about the number of follwers on Twitter.

  3. Hasta ahora, lo que le he oido declarar no hace mencion a afinidades politicas de ningun tipo. Espero que siga asi al llegar.

  4. As opposition, the best we can do is lead by example and pretty much leave Limardo alone while extolling the triumph of a Venezuelan. He should know whether to behave above petty partisanship, or shame himself badly.

    It’s obvious some people in the government have no shame altogether.

      • Shame is counterrevolutionary. Shame can only develop when livelihood and social esteem are jeopardized by unethical actions and subsequent judgment. Revolutions think they are above all that, and solve the problem by trying to eliminate any voice trying to shame or judge them. No wonder they attract such sociopaths.

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