As expected, such a controversial nomination could not go un-commented. But first let me point out an article in El Universal from Luis Salamanca which alludes to many of the stuff I wrote this morning. In short, that designation is all about who would replace Chavez if worse comes to worse and Diosdado for all of his faults, and they are big, is an alliance of the military and the nouveau riche of the regime (same difference it would seem now that I think of it). We all know that such an alliance is the best guarantee of "stability". In quote for lack of a better word.
This being said we can visit, oh, say the Maria Corina Machado reaction who as a representative was attending the "ceremony", in quote again for obvious reasons. What was interesting in her presentation is that even though she will not win next February she was the official response from the opposition of the awful words of Diosdado during the day. That is, it was a personal rebuke to Diosdado insinuations that the primaries were about to collapse, showing visible proof that this was not the case. In other words: it was a "we are ready for you".
The other notable reaction was also from a presidential candidate, Capriles Radonski, on his twitter that called Diosdado a thief, advising people at the assembly to hold their wallets tight. Think about it for a second, a presidential candidate calling openly, bluntly, the newly "elected" National Assembly president a thief (again, sorry for that unavoidable use of words in quote marks).
PS: It is worth reminding readers that Diosdado Cabello has a huge dossier submitted to the Prosecutor's office as to his tenure in Miranda State for the period 2004-2008 (including a huge collection of personal cars, vanishing budgets, etc...). Justice being tightly controlled by the regime that dossier and the investigation that should follow some of the very obvious evidence has been stalled, allowing Diosdado to become the new speaker. Meanwhile any opposition mayor or governor who takes a paper clip at home because it got entangled in its clothes is investigated to the 7th generation and barred from running for public office if possible.
Update. As an additional reaction, it is worth citing two articles from the Economist which we must consider seriously as it is doubtful they would publish such things without getting some form of double crossing of their references.
The first one discuss the rise of Cabello as it being influenced or imposed by the military of Venezuela who want someone THEY can talk to, not some silly civilian or even worse, and ideologue civilian. The Economist and yours truly thus concur on what is rather obvious for anyone following Venezuelan politics. No genius needed there. (To which I may add my recurring theme of Venezuela's regime being a reactionary one, harking back to our military past of caudillos and conspiracies as our natural Arcadia).
By putting the party machine in the hands of Mr Cabello, Mr Chávez has signalled his reliance on the military wing of his movement. Mr Cabello’s army contemporaries have risen to be generals or senior colonels, holding key troop commands. Nobody, not even the president, understands politics, the armed forces and the business world, and the way they interact, better than Mr Cabello. That makes him both a crucial ally and also a potential threat to Mr Chávez.
The second one is about Chavez disease that the Economist think is not over. The reason? the secrecy around it, of course.