La memoria es frágil, infiel y tendenciosa

The above video is of Manuel Rosales’ closing march in Caracas, in 2006. It was a memorable, heavily-attended apotheosis of people. A few days later, Rosales lost the election by twenty-six points. Look, we all love a march, and today’s was a beauty: full of enthusiasm, and with a great speech from Henrique. But let’s…

Signs of the Times

As Capriles closes his Caracas campaign with one big rally, you can’t help yourself from reading the tea-leaves in stories like this: 29 de septiembre de 2012.- Un extenso fraude electoral a través de manipulaciones informáticas, estarían fraguando algunos sectores de oposición dentro del Consejo Nacional Electoral (CNE), según alerta la activista Fresia Ipinza, directora…

Annals of chavista headline writing

Yesterday, two opposition activists were shot dead during a rally for Henrique Capriles in Chávez’s home state of Barinas. (Another died later) How did the international media reflect this act of campaign violence? Reuters: “Two Venezuelan opposition activists shot dead” AlJazeera: “Two killed in Venezuela political clash” CNN: “2 killed as Venezuelan campaign turns violent” BBC:…

“Best Voting System in the World” Chronicles

And now, this week in crazy: Luis Piedra, director de la Oficina de Planificación y Organismos Subalternos del CNE, anunció que el partido político Unidad Democrática decidió apoyar a la candidata Reina Sequera, por lo cual sus votos se sumarán a esa aspirante presidencial. La tarjeta de Unidad Democrática ubicada en la tercera tercera columna…

The real star

As I watch this video that summarizes the unadulterated emotion of the Capriles campaign, I keep thinking it has only one real star: the hat. When Tibisay Lucena demanded Capriles stop wearing the hat emblazoned with the colors of his, of our flag, she was really only reinforcing the basic message of chavismo for the past…