16-D Races to Watch: Zulia

Zulia has always been a mixed bag for Chavismo: The comandante presidente has won there in every presidential election so far (including the recent 7-O), but no Chavista has ever been elected Governor. Chávez himself has complained about this. Un Nuevo Tiempo is undefeated in regional elections since 2000. In spite of this, chavismo feels optimistic…

What on earth does Pablo Pérez think he’s doing?

In a shockingly ham-fisted move, Pablo Pérez’s announced earlier today that the opposition is in talks with a number of chavista governors, including those in Trujillo, Mérida, Bolívar and Yaracuy, to get them to switch their allegiance to Capriles. It’s just obvious to me that this isn’t something you can talk about until you have a done…

Machine Man

“We have 530,000 votes for Pablo Pérez in Zulia. And when I tell you we have 530,000 votes for Pablo Pérez in Zulia, that’s not some estimate, or a hope, or a plan or anything like that. When I say we have 530,000 votes for Pablo Pérez in Zulia it’s because I know which 530,000…

Message discip-SQUIRREL!!!

For the very abridged version of why Pablo Pérez’s campaign isn’t really taking off, have a look at this frankly weird clip: So, turns out the one big reason to want a Pablo Pérez presidency is that he’ll bring about…the Tarjeta Unica!??! Really!? But wasn’t his message last week about something else altogether? The guy’s like the…

The state of play, video version

Trying to catch up with the state of the campaign videos. First off, this excellent biographical spot from the Pablo Pérez campaign. Next, a simple ad from Leopoldo López that won rave reviews from Daniel. Maria Corina Machado’s strong debate performances make inspired campaign videos. Finally, a solid performance by Henrique Capriles on Aló Ciudadano…

The wrath of Ibsen

Ibsen Martínez is livid. A-rrecho, with capital A. And when Ibsen is mad at someone, you better pull out a dictionary. His latest is a scorching take-down of Carlos Ocariz and Juan Carlos Caldera. (Side note: Yes, Ibsen, it’s Juan Carlos, not Juan José; Google is your friend, fact-checking is your ally.) In a lengthy…