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Who wants a Mustache Ride?

Ahhhh.. everlasting love. Just the thing you need instead of basic food supplies and neoliberal announcements. Happy anniversary to the first couple (Thank you Capriles) of our failed state. May you have loving years of whiskers and salsa until 2019 (Thank you Capriles).

Three Weeks Out: The Supposedly-(but-not-really)-Pre-Campaign Round Up

Let’s recap of the first seven days of non-campaign campaigning, or in criollo doublespeak: pre-campaña. Technically, you see, the official campaign only starts on April 1st and lasts a mere 10 days. Obviously neither candidate has taken the CNE campaign schedule particularly seriously. Capriles began a nation-wide stump tour, hitting two states per day, holding mass…

A blunder in Carabobo

Chavez made a huge mistake in Carabobo. The PSUV mayor of Puerto Cabello, Rafael Lacava, has a real chance against Salas Feo and has something most Chavistas in local offices lack: a governing record. As someone with family in the area I can tell Lacava is held in higher regard than most Chavistas in around there. Choosing Ameliach of…

Chavismo’s idea of a “primary”

It’s hard not to speculate on Maduro’s future role now that Chávez has named Francisco Ameliach in his place as candidate for governor of Carabobo. The dedo-based primary was a sight to behold, btw. As a reader notes, “Nothing suprising here, but first time in a long time we see the dedocracia punching you so right…

MAD-uro

This one is flying sort of under the radar screen: turns out that in the wake of Fernando Lugo’s impeachment in Paraguay, Venezuelan foreign minister (and aspiring dauphin) Nicolás Maduro was in Asunción, where he took the opportunity to more-or-less openly pressure the nation’s military to stage a coup to bring Lugo back. Which just…

Esta se cae de…

The last time your sunglasses got nabbed out of your parked car, did dozens of cops from two local jurisdictions (plus two separate CICPC teams, plus the National Guard) show up, cordon off the shopping mall where your car was, search it exhaustively, interview witnesses and hold the mall’s vigilantes for questioning? No? It’s your own…

Maduro…wait, really?!

El Mundo is running a story claiming bus-driver-turned-foreign-minister Nicolás Maduro will end up in the Vice-presidency after a reshuffle to come later today. It would take somebody more versed in the ins-and-outs of chavista kremlinology to know how credible that is, or what it’ll mean if it happens. Personally, my impression is that Maduro is every…