181 thoughts on “Hay un camino, just not tonight

    • I realize you don’t have figures, but can you venture a guess as to percentages? Feel free to ignore. I suppose we’ll find out soon enough. Thanks in advance.

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  1. Puede haber un camino, pero para mi, el camino es traerme a la familia para aca. Si la mayoria desea que el experimento chavista continue, me reservo el derecho de evitar que los mios sigan siendo conejillos de Indias.

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    • Chamo, estoy burda de triste. pero eso es lo que queda. Y no todos podemos hacerlo. :(

      Pero no, no estamos jodidos. Esto es un maratón y la lucha sigue.

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      • It is. And people like you, fighting the good fight on the ground are the true stars. But my mom’s turning 64 this year. I’d like her to have a comfortable retirement, if possible. My younger brother is finishing up his degree, and then I’ll do my best to help him find work here (bringing a parent over is fairly easy, siblings take much longer, so a job is our best bet).

        I will continue voting wherever I am, for however long I live. And someday things will change. But tonight my Venezuelan pride tank is practically empty.

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  2. I heard the same from a First Ring insider. Depende ahora de Capriles mantener la tendencia y mantener la paz mental del pais opositor. The chavistas will not win honorably, the aim of Jorgue et al is to break the minds and souls for half of venzuelians.

    We need to read the results from the optic of all the criminal abuse that chavismo has pulled in to reach this Free and Fair electoral result.

    Confio en Capriles. El camino es largo y dificil. Seguimos en la lucha.

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  3. It was an impressive campaign and a display of maturity and unity. Sadly the other guy is basically loved by a huge bunch of people. I’m really sorry for everyone and hopefully we’ll get another opportunity soon

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  4. As expected the results are going to be in line with most polls, and the earlier exit polls, around 10% margin for Chavez. It is regrettable that politics in Venezuela have become such an extreme and passionate affair that it feels almost cruel how someone like Briquet gives such declarations clearly implying a victory when they knew it wasn’t going their way. However I certainly understand the necessity of oppo parties of maintaining an ambience of hope so the witnesses stays in the voting centers, they need those votes to have a real picture of what s their political strenght…

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    • If by the time he gave his rather “triumphallistic” declarations he did not know how the results were trending I’ d say he was grossly uninformed and should have refrained himself. If he knew, then the situation is much worse. I understand a “spirit lifting” speech to the people still at the voting places guarding the results. But people were getting ready to hit the street and celebrate after listening to him and this could have been VERY dangerous. In my opinion there should be an explanation.

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  5. As the official results have to be released and properly analyzed, looks like most Venezuelans have decided to continue making leaps of faith over make one leap of reason. It’s their choice.

    I want to say this to Henrique Capriles Radosnki, Armando Briquet, Leopoldo Lopez, Ramon Guillermo Aveledo, the MUD, the Comando Venezuela and to all people who marched, fought and waited for hours: THANK YOU. You gave everything, knowing you were in one hugely uneven fight and you gave them hell. That courage, that determination, that goodness won’t be forgotten.

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    • Yes Gustavo we have to thank them not only for their great effort but also for showing us “El Camino”.

      How to conduct a real campaign of inclusion, for everyone, for all Venezuelans not just for oppositors. How to break the polarization that creates division and brews hate among people, all elements in which chavismo thrives. How to communicate directly with the electorate and how to sidestep the confrontation with Chavez that wants to bring us down to his level.

      Also how not to dismay. “El Camino” is long and the time wasn’t enough for this election but there are state elections coming in December and later on legislative elections. The same spirit should be carried to those elections to win in more places and maintain the ones we already have. Tangible results is what is going to convince people after all, and those are only possible when in office.

      Chavismo will have some hard times in the near future when the reckoning of their mismanagement comes in the form of more crises. Today’s result may be a blessing in disguise. It’s obvious that most Venezuelans are not yet ready to break their ties with Chavez. They cannot see the magnitude of the degradation of the country. It’s going to take going further into the abyss for them to open their eyes. When that finally happens the opposition shall be there as a viable option. This may very well happen much sooner than 6 years.

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    • No es Miami, pero vivo en Pittsburgh. Donde puedo caminar de noche por el centro de la ciudad sin temor a que me atraquen. Donde puedo manejar a la hora que quiera sin temor a que me maten para quitarme el carro. Donde tengo un trabajo bien pagado que no depende de mi afiliacion politica.

      Los resultados de hoy duelen porque tengo familia en Venezuela, y no los puedo sacar inmediatamente.

      Pero llorar? No, yo no soy el que va a sufrir las consecuencias de votar por Chavez cuando llegue la hora de pagar la cuenta.

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  6. pues si — que esperaban? cualquiera que siguiera este asunto de manera objetiva sabia que habia una sola casa encuestadora que ofrecia una posibilidad de victoria a capriles (y esta solo por 2%). Mientras sigan pensando que los venezolanos que votamos por Chavez somos imbeciles, la oposicion nunca ganara. No podran ganar hasta que entiendan porque hay apoyo por Chavez. Kiko del Toro entiende esto, por eso su afan en rearticular la campana de Capriles como una de izquierda moderada…pero todos sabemos quien esta detras de Capriles. Sorry hermanos. Venezuela unida hoy mas que nunca.

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    • No son imbeciles, son ignorantes, me recuerdan la caricatura de los ninios recogiendo caramelos del piso sin mirar hacia el frente que lo que viene es un barranco…

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      • bueno. ignorantes somos pues. mi punto sigue siendo el mismo. mientras no hagan un esfuerzo por entender que hay detras del voto por Chavez, nunca van a ganar. sigan creyendo que somos ignorantes y que por eso votamos por el. sigan creyendolo: le hacen un favor a su presidente.

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          • bueno, sigue sabiendolo. hasta ahorita han llegado muy lejos todos los escualidos con su gran lectura de la situacion del votante venezolano.

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            • Chavez gano su primera re-eleccion por 26 puntos. Esta, por 10. Tal vez sea el chavismo el que subestima al electorado. La ignorancia se cura con educacion. Desafortundamente, muchos han recibido esa educacion entre apagones, atracos, secuestros, y persecuciones. Espero que cuando abras los ojos, no sea por una de esas razones.

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              • fair enough. pero no podras negarme esto: se acercaron a Chavez en los numeros, porque se acercaron en lo politicos. es decir, la oposicion tuvo que virar a la izquierda para poder acercarse a chavez.

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        • Tienes toda la razón. Mejoramos, pero no lo suficiente. Pero ese es precisamente el asunto. Entender la conexión.

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        • Detras del voto por Chavez hay lo mismo que detras del voto de los Adecos, solo que con mucha mayor intensidad. Populismo y corrupcion, y un Petroestado sin escrupulos.

          Ahora no confundas voto y victoria electoral con tener vision…

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        • Lo que hay detrás de Chávez es un ególatra muy carismático, que ha usado el odio como herramienta política -el odio es una energía muy fuerte, y que entiende muy bien la importancia de una maquinaria propagandística grande y poderosa. Ah por supuesto mucho dinero, como pa tirar pal techo.

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    • “La continuación de la autoridad en un mismo individuo frecuentemente ha sido el término de los gobiernos democráticos. Las repetidas elecciones son esenciales en los sistemas populares, porque nada es tan peligroso como dejar permanecer largo tiempo en un mismo ciudadano el poder. El pueblo se acostumbra a obedecerle y él se acostumbra a mandarlo; de donde se origina la usurpación y la tiranía. Un justo celo es la garantía de la libertad republicana, y nuestros ciudadanos deben temer con sobrada justicia que el mismo magistrado, que los ha mandado mucho tiempo, los mande perpetuamente.”

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        • somos ignorantes, masoquistas, niños tras un dulce, hemos interiorizado el autoritarismo. solo diosito santo sabe porque nos hizo asi a los venezolanos. porque le dio a otros paises ciudadanos conscientes y capaces de elegir a sus representates y a nosotros nos lleno de figurines manipulables? porque diosito? porque?

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          • Porque hay petroleo y no pagamos impuestos, y creemos que nuestra riqueza sale de un hoyo en el piso, y que mientras endiosemos al que la controle, estamos hechos.

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    • Another worrying data: More than 250.000 void votes. Meanwhile, Reina Sequera wins bronze with almost 65.000 votes. Maria Bolivar didn’t finish last but Orlando Chirino did.

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  7. Huge leaps – really? Chávez received at least as many votes (in absolute numbers) as in 2006 and is still some 10% ahead….more like a disaster

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  8. “Suppose on October 7th the 15% undecided abstain. Chávez gets 56% and Capriles gets 44%. That is perfectly consistent with the poll! Datanálisis comes out looking great.”

    Ugh.

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  9. I cant believe it, with such a good campaign Capriles barely got the same results that we got in the referendum. Im speechless. This is truly the worst result ever.

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  10. Populist authoritarians never consent to being voted out of office, that’s why they sieze control over the judiciary and the media. In their minds they are governing “for the people” therefore the people can’t legitimately vote against them. It is sad the Venezuela made the mistake of voting this idiot into office (same is true of Nicaragua, Bolivia, Ecuador, etc).

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    • In this case, the Venezuelan people made the choice to retain an overwhelmingly popular and successful leader.

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        • Actually compared to Brazil Chavez is more successful. For example, poverty has declined more in a shorter time, and so has income inequality, than it has in Brazil.

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            • coño! me hubieran dicho antes y hubiese votado por Capriles! jajaja — oh, momento, estas mintiendo como buen escualido: “To allow comparisons across countries and over time in the Report, it relies on international data agencies with the mandate, resources and expertise to collect and compile data on specific indicators.” (http://hdr.undp.org/en/statistics/faq/)

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              • “International data agencies”–I can see Eljuri filling out the form now, asking, “Que cono quiere decir “FAQ”? It is a fact that the U.N./Agencies rely on the countries’ governments providing the data to provide them with honest data; they don’t have the “international providers” that you speak of (maybe other ALBA members, OEA, Carter Center, et. al.-completely unbiased, of course). Most countries are honest. The Government of Venezuela is a lying Malandro/Forajido outlier. As someone here said, the only way the GINI coefficient could improve in Venezuela is if the middle class up (what’s left of it) is dragged down toward the $200/mo.minimum wage earning majority of the Country’s population, which actually is happening. I suppose this is what happened in Cuba, until the 2/3 left on the Island who couldn’t emigrate finally reached Misery level–and, voila, no more improvement in the GINI Coefficient!!

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  11. Los tiempos de Díos no son los de los hombres pero sí son observables desde la orilla; esta campaña ha agotado a un candidato visiblemente más que al otro. Habra que ver ahora como son los tiempos de Díos.

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    • If first you rid yourself of hope and fear
      You have dismayed the tyrant’s wrath:
      But whosoever quakes in fear or hope,
      Drifting and losing his mastery,
      Has cast away his shield, has left his place,
      And binds the chain with which he will be bound.

      (Boethius)

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    • Yes, that is the explanation. Nothing to do with historic reduction in poverty, growth in the economy, reduction in unemployment, etc. Nope, its masochism.

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        • I wasn’t here predicting a Capriles victory, unlike 90% of the comments on this blog. Let’s think on that for a while before we decide who is delusional.

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          • Oh, I never predicted a Capriles victory. Felt all along that Chavez would win again… more’s the pity for the poor delusioned ‘pueblo venezolano’

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              • If you truly feel that the Chavez model has done more for the poor and Venezuela than the Lula model did for the poor and Brazil, then, yes, you are truly delusional / misguided / ill-informed. Unfortunately, as are the majority of Venezuelans, as evidenced by tonights vote.

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              • No I don’t “feel” that I know it, based on actual facts and statistics, such as the GINI coefficient, etc.

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              • The Gini coefficient? Do you even know how the GINI coefficient is calculated? It is one of the most subjective measures of social improvement, as GINI can increase not only by poor class improvement, but also by higher classes detriment…

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              • I dont’t even know why I’m trying to discuss this with this guy, he only repeats GINI coefficient because he has to follow the red booklet provided by the government…

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              • euro_andres: “To allow comparisons across countries and over time in the Report, it relies on international data agencies with the mandate, resources and expertise to collect and compile data on specific indicators.” (http://hdr.undp.org/en/statistics/faq/)
                no son datos del gobierno. eso no tiene sentido, si fuese asi, muchos paises mentirian y el indice no tendria la legitimidad que tiene.

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          • also, pay no attention to reality, we’ll surely win next time around. either people have awoken or they are ignoramuses. it depends on whether they agree with me or not.

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      • Look, you were right, chavez won, people love him, but don’t tell us that Venezuela is great and poverty is finished and all that because it is just NOT TRUE! Even economic growth textbooks (not political writings, but academic textbooks!) refer to Venezuela as an example of an economic collapse. We’ve been declining non-stop since the late 70s and chavez has not reversed that trend. If you want opposition people to open their eyes, you too need to open your eyes to all the problems our country faces. Open your eyes to the REALITY, not the false statistics produced by the government. Please do so. We need you, people inside chavismo. The only reason Chavez has been able to keep large support for so long is very high oil prices since 2004. High oil prices is what has allowed him to finance this irresponsible expansion of inefficient social programs and also what has allowed him to win election after election. Although it really does not matter now. I think this country is finished.

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        • All so true, the Country will be virtually irreversibly finished, unless Chavez is finished in the relatively near future. Apart from economic bankruptcy, it will soon have the attempted initiation of the full Cuban/Allende failed Communist models. Chavistas will not be opening their eyes anytime soon: they’re either impractical Far-Left intellectuals; insiders on-the-take; or the incredibly ignorant masses, the last of whom really deserve Chavez, and who will end up suffering the most in the end

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          • Yes, the economy may grow just 50% in the next six years while inflation drops to record breaking low levels. That will truly be a disaster.

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            • Do you know what those numbers entail? Do you think that is easy to do? Countries with perfect macroeconomic policy don’t achieve those numbers. In technical terms the economy growing 50% in six years means that GDP per capita will grow 7% each year from 2013 to 2019. In other words, Growth in total real GDP should be seven points ABOVE the natural growth of population for six straight years. If population grows 1.5% per year, your scenario requires that GDP grow 8.5% each year! Unless we see again a similar skyrocketing of oil prices like the one in 2004, your expectation will not be realized. Even if oil prices do rise again, economic growth will not be as great because supply constraints will turn additional spending into inflation, not growth. Supply constraints cannot be relaxed because of the awful business conditions in the country (thanks to expropriations and price controls) and because public investment gets more and more inefficient and mired in corruption.

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              • It’s one thing to have oil go up 10 times from $10/bbl. to $100/bbl. and still bankrupt the Country; it’s another to hope that oil will go up 10 times from $100/bbl.to $1000/bbl in order to bail the Country out. Venezuela has had its second chance in 50 years to advance economically/socially, and has bungled it both times. Now, with a several times larger/hungry population than in the Seventies, the S— is really about to hit the fan…

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        • Okay several things wrong here.
          1. High oil prices. Yes, there have been periods when oil prices have spiked in the last several years, and they are higher on average, but historically speaking during most of the Chavez presidency they have not been that much higher. The average before the latest price spike was about $40-50 per barrel, which is not unusally high when compared with the 70s or 80s.
          2. Also remember that despite those oil prices, oil as a portion of the economy and GDP (which is not the same thing as export earnings) has actually shrunk, not increased.
          3. Certainly poverty is not “finished” more progress needs to be made, just as it does in other areas. The point is that progress under Chavez has been unprecedented, both in Venezuelan history and when compared to most other countries with similar economies.
          4. If economic textbooks or media reports refer to the Venezuelan economy as a disaster they are wrong. Under Chavez the economy has more than doubled in size, accounting for inflation. That is historic progress, and it is dramatically different from the stagnation of the 80s and 90s.
          5. Finally most measures of the general Venezuelan economic situation, such as debt, foreign reserves, etc are significantly better under Chavez than previous governments. Inflation was a substantial continuing problem, but that has improved dramatically over the last 2 years.

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          • Francisco Toro, help me, please. I leave it to you to counter these increadibly misguided statements. This individual has swallowed the party line hook, line and sinker. It is this same misguided belief that the Venezuela of today as a whole is better than the Venezuela of 14 years ago that accounts for tonight’s results.

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          • Yes, there are 5 things wrong here, but I won’t waste any more time illuminating you. I guess all those textbooks/reports are written by stupid PHD’s and assorted non-Bolivarian University graduates. What is amazing is that we on this Blog are not paid to answer paid Appartchiks like you, and, I’m beginning to realize that it’s really not worth our (unpaid) time to do so.

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          • I really should not be answering to your claims but you do seem to be sincerely confused about all this.
            1. average prices seem low because they averaged around $30 between 1999 and 2003. Then 2004 arrived and $80 per barrel became the new normal.
            2. that is due to how we impute a value to domestic oil production (remember we’ve had a currency control since 2003) and the fact we are producing less oil. If you produce less oil and value it at the official rate, the number you obtain will account for a lower fraction of total GDP. The important figure is the oil share of export earnings. That has gone from around 80% to 93% during Chavez.
            3. I would say that apparently some progress has been made, but it is difficult to really assess its magnitude. You can manipulate this in many, many ways: better in relation to what? how you define poverty? is ‘not poor’ someone receiving government transfers that provide that person a daily meal? Or being ‘not poor’ involves in any way the ability to contribute productively to society and be self-sufficient? We should discuss these issues, but we cannot do so unless we want to be called traitors and oligarchs.
            4. Not true. Real GDP has increased approximately 50% since 2004, but, again, this is due mostly to the stimulative effects of a huge fiscal expansion financed by higher oil prices. Between 1999 and 2001 (before the failed oil strike and the spike in oil prices) the economy did not grow at all!
            5. Debt and foreign reserves are not really measures of economic performance. Debt is used when assessing fiscal sustainability (an area in which the government is not doing particularly good either by the way). Foreign reserves tend to be important in developing countries because they import many things and reserves increase mainly through exports, which in our case, again, are very dependent on the international dynamics of oil prices.

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          • “despite those oil prices, oil as a portion of the economy and GDP (which is not the same thing as export earnings) has actually shrunk”

            Oil GDP, as calculated by the BCV, is a function of investment in the sector plus production, which is calcuated in constant dollars. The actual price of oil is not a factor in oil GDP (you are correct when saying it’s not the same as export earnings, but maybe for the wrong reason). Don’t ask me WHY they do it that way, but they do.

            What this means, though, is that when oil prices rise, non-oil share of GDP will also rise – because that’s where the oil revenue is getting spent. So the mere fact that non-oil GDP is growing in share doesn’t mean that the non-oil economy is truly growing. In fact, if non-oil GDP is growing less than the increase in oil prices, things are probably getting worse.

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  12. I don’t share the negativity about Venezuela and its people. Obviously, I had hoped for a different result. This is a process of learning and growth and frankly it is Chavez that runs counter to every historical trend. I am optimistic Venezuela will one day buck the cult of personality and the politics of petro-funded demagogy. The fact is that apart from winning elections, Chavez is not doing anything else right. Agriculture is in shambles, so is every other industrial endeavor. Corruption is rampant and so is crime.

    It is just going to take longer.

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    • It’s been a wild ride. Kind of wish I didn’t get my expectations up. Thought he had this. He’ll be President soon, after Chavez kicks it.

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  13. Cheer up people, there are only 2,191 days until the next election. Who knows, next time the opposition candidate of choice may come within 8% of Chavez (or even closer).

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  14. Three questions that defy logic to me:
    1) How could there be so many more voters than 2006? The number was crazy high
    2) How could Chavez win by so much when there are so many people that switched to Capriles?
    3) Is it true that Chavez won Zulia? That does not seem plausible

    Maybe I am holding out, but we do need to ensure we check the vote totals we saw by site during the audits, compare to what was reported, and see what happened. Juan/Francisco, when will you bless us with your typical post-election analysis of the different states/cities? Seems so odd!

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    • Zulia is the one thing that doesn’t make sense to me but I’m just going to wait until tomorrow to see what you guys decide happened, heh.

      I’m not holding out though HCR conceded and that’s that. Even if there are fraud indicators or something HCR is the bigger man by ignoring them. Chavez has maybe 6 months to a year left anyhow.

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      • I suspect we’ll learn A LOT about how sick Chavez really is in the next few weeks, if not by his words, then by his deeds. Obviously he couldn’t remotely intimate any sort of short term prognosis before securing a win. But now he can – and will, I’m guessing, especially if his outlook is poor as you suggest – move to establish succession plans. To be sure, this is pure speculation. (btw, it looks like there are multiple Alejandro’s in this thread)

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      • Wait, didn’t he die 6 months ago? Because that was what the opposition was predicting, and as we all know the Venezuelan opposition is never wrong.

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    • I’m sorry, but holding out for an explanation or a reason of fraud is just hurting yourself. Let’s just swallow the fact that people are content with corruption, mis-management and unaccountability, in exchange for “un pan y un jugo”

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      • Sadly, looks like you’re right. I was talking about that with my dad this week about that. Even if I had hope of HCR pulling up the mother of all upsets, a part of me was always suspected of Chavez winning this because of what you commented: Some are willing to tolerate corruption, waste and all kinds of abuses (just ask the Caracas damnificados still waiting in the shelters), because they think they are getting “something” and they’re content with that. They’re happy with the person who provides them, even if they those who surround him. It’s what I called in an earlier post ” multiple leaps of faith”.

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    • Ah, I believe we have the first opposition member here who is going to declare fraud. He is not there yet, but give him time.

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      • The fraud was committed even before the elections with all of the state propaganda and multiple chain events that the government does every day. Even if you do not acknowledge he violates the law, you cannot deny Chavez violates the spirit of the law that he helped write. This is not the way a democracy is suppossed to work!!

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        • Of course it was my friend, don’t let me be the one to disrupt your particular self created reality if it makes you happy.

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          • Your non-recognition of the point that Chavez is taking advantage of the state to further his poitical purposes, shows how currupt your thinking is…Instead of viewing life/truth through a political lens, try to do it from an objective one. People will take you more seriously, even if people end up in different places/points of view…

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      • Viva Chavez, están repartiendo franelitas rojas en la esquina, te están esperando con tu kit chavista, vaya vaya!

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    • I just don’t see Chavez’ health holding out for another 6 years – not even 2 years and whilst he may have won the election he could pay a very high price in the end. The question is who will replace him?

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  15. Manana salgo a maiquetia con el mismo sentimiento que hace 7 annos. Soy un extranjero en mi pais.
    Que cagada.
    Pero realmente felicito a capriles. Capriles, tu y el cancer, mas temprano que tarde, nos sacan de este tremendo peo.

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  16. Something went wrong and right now fraud is certain and likely. To the PSF: take your narcissistic drivel elsewhere

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    • “To the PSF: take your narcissistic drivel elsewhere”

      Let’s count our blessings: better have ten triumphant PSFs hanging around here than one macho del teclado ranting about the depuración del REP (IMHO)

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  17. It might be painful, but I am actually really relieved. Now Chavez has more time for the country to implode under debt, corruption and mismanagement and it will happen under his watch. He will be buried, along with his ideology. He is already making moves towards gasoline rationing and service cuts, just the kind of “neo-liberal” realism he constantly denounces. If Venezuela were to reach the crash stage with the opposition at the helm you would be fighting Chavez’s ghost for a century.

    Now I just hope that Iran calms down so oil prices fall through the floor, hopefully resulting in an implosion while Chavez is still alive. In the long term, it is better if Chavez endures.

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    • Yes, it is this kind of vindictive attitude that wishes ill for the country as a whole because of the extreme hatred for Chavez on the part of many opposition members which explains why they have not won the election today. Will the opposition wake up?

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    • Of course, the best would probably have been for Capriles to win, but somehow Chavez and his fake communism would be falsely remembered for the social gains which basically were provided by national and international private enterprise (paid for by oil money) and never face the consequences of his crazy economic policies.

      However, the price the Venezuelan people must pay for this will probably be high, and that is not a good thing.

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      • I agree, I’m just looking for the silver lining. In a long term sense, a Chavez victory is best for the political education of Venezuelans (but not for their economic well being).

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        • Hei, send meg en post paa paalvibekrollalfafrisurfpunktumno. Tror vi har noe aa snakke om.
          Sorry for spamming the blog with Norwegian messages.

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  18. I always thought my first vote would be it, the time when we finally got rid of a system that will inevitably lead to an even more chaotic country. Since the referendum in 2004 when I was 10 years old I had wanted to vote and try to make the difference, today I finally did it and it was whitout a doubt the proudest I have felt in my life,

    Now I’ll most likely leave my country, my family and friends to study make a decent living elsewhere. There was always the hope that something would change and leaving the country wouldn’t have to be the best option, today that hope has been shattered.

    Thank you guys in CC for keeping my morale so high during the last month, it was worth it and I have learned a lot.

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  19. We just need to start again as an oppo. Nothing related to cuarta. HCR was the last string of the cuarta and a bad candidate that did a great effort… worry more on the near future. on march 13, 2013 Globovision’s concession ends

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  20. For tonight, it’s over.

    But we still have to face elections for governors and mayors, so keep up the good work and keep up the good vote!!

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  21. So does anyone else feel that tonight is a great night to be alive? We’ve just witness an unprecedented triumph of a democratically-fueled transformation of a state that, not so long ago, was a colony of a despotic power.

    Even if Chavez’s program hasn’t had the success we might have hoped, the Venezuelan people have spoken – and they have opted to continue this unprecedented project.

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      • I swear to you, read some detailed history of Cipriano Castro and you will have to find a second chair to fall off of and a second-third-fourth coffee to spit out. I’m just glad there isn’t likely to be a Gómez this time.

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    • As the saying goes, when you’re 20 if you don’t think like “Graduate Student”, you don’t have a heart; but, when you’re 30/more (once you known how the world really works), if you continue thinking like “Graduate Student”, you don’t have a brain.

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    • How is Venezuela not still inextricably linked to the US? A sizable sum of Venezuelan oil is still refined in the US and despite all the bluster the Bolivarian Revolution is practically funded by American motorists. Don’t mistake a country carrying out a voting process as somehow giving the US the middle finger. Chavez can talk tough but unless someone else is willing to step into the void Venezuela is still very much dependent on the gringos.

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  22. In a few months, when their Leader shows how mortal he is… just wait and see. He’s a malignant cancer patient with recurrence. Who has forgone rest and therapy for long.

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  23. Loss is part of the Camino.It can give us the power to try harder, to convert anger into strength, to convert sadness into compassion, and setbacks into persistence.

    There is always a camino……it is not the end…only the beginning!

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  24. I really think it is slave’s related, just that we *can’t* express ourselves those ways nowadays. It is said that venezuelan’s government scare poors by means of their freedom to cast their votes, given it is technologically *difficult* to know clearly the vote is secret, appointing that they can loose their jobs, missions, and houses if they vote counter. The people who gets scare, are really slaves, just that they don’t know it *their good*. It is also said that activists have *won* ( ;) aha!!) so many many cash millions!!, that they own houses which prices ranks about $ 2.5 M plus the rides !!. I’d have *divorced* a man like this so much time ago, and *stayed single* until Capriles.

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    • Laura, For goodness’ sake! Are you saying is that those who voted for Chavez are slaves? Geez! Please give them some more credit.

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        • heehe, I’m replying to the quote, on the top of the page: “Flee from the country where a single man holds all the power: it is a country of slaves.” Simón Bolívar

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      • heehe, I’m replying to the quote, on the top of the page: “Flee from the country where a single man holds all the power: it is a country of slaves.” Simón Bolívar

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  25. “Tengo el alma, Señor, adolorida por unas penas que no tienen nombres, y no me culpes, no, porque te pida otra patria, otro siglo y otros hombres; que aquella edad con que soñé no asoma; con mi país de promisión no acierto; ¡mis tiempos son los de la antigua Roma, y mis hermanos con la Grecia han muerto.”

    Juan Clemente Zenea, 19th century Cuban poet.

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  26. “As I saw that they were very friendly to us, and perceived that they could be much more easily converted to our holy faith by gentle means than by force, I presented them with some red caps, and strings of beads to wear upon the neck, and many other trifles of small value, wherewith they were much delighted, and became wonderfully attached to us.” Sandly after 500+ years, not much has changed…

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  27. Interesting/useless election fact. In Miranda HCR lost by 3,000 votes. Reina Sequera got 5.545 votes. Maria Bolivar got 1.125 votes. I dont think that more people voting willingly for Sequera over Bolivar and that the number of votes she got is related to the Unidad Democratica party fraud. So, the scheme deprived HCR of winning the state he governs, thanks to the “best electoral” system in the world. Thank god we don’t have an electoral votes system.

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