Coincido: pasar de ganar dos estados el 7O a cuatro es un logro, en estas condiciones tan adversas. Felicitaciones a la Unidad. A trabajar.
"I agree: coming from winning 2 states to 4 is an achievement, in such contrary conditions".
I will start by 3 if you forgive me. That someone who has such a high opinion of herself as frequent Globovision guest writes such an idiocy is dangerous Besides comparing apples and oranges she is failing to read the result of today. We LOST states from 2008, and not insignificant ones: Zulia and Carabobo which Lara is far from compensating. The result of today is the result of 6 years of deliberate social dependency creation in the Venezuelan electorate. That Chavez disease was milked for all its worth by chavismo who survived massive abstention compounds the problem. I am aghast that already such self complacency has started!!!!
Fortunately we can move on 2 to compensate, with a more combative speech from Capriles and Aveledo. The Capriles one is not worth really commenting much but the Aveledo is. Besides not recognizing yet the results he also reminds people that the battle is not over because the "irresponsible" actions of the regime have created a crisis that will be played next year. Let's see if the MUD is able to force the recognition of a Bolivar victory tomorrow.
Which brings us to the first point, the "provisional" results and what they mean, for starters, for the opposition.
First, primaries are not a panacea for candidate choosing. Republicans in the US have rediscovered that with some failed tea party Senate candidates. In Venezuela in some states where old ex governors were running, after winning a primary against new talent, we can see that open primaries in some areas is a waste of time and money. In Apure, Lippa got only 24%. In Cojedes ever running and running again Galindez got 37%. And in Portuguesa Colmenares gets a truly embarrassing 22%.
And even when reelection was not sought, disaster could come. Merida is a pathetic example where Lester Rodriguez won the primary, Capriles won in October and yet Lester could not overcome the local prejudice against him and only got 39%. Not 49%, 39%..... When local divisions are this deep primaries are useless, or should come at least with a two round ballot or something.
But before you use this to condemn primaries in 4 states where primaries were not held we bit the dust: Zulia, Nueva Esparta, Tachira and Carabobo. It seems to me that primaries were run where they were not needed. A lesson there. Someone reading?
Second, the race for the opposition leadership is far from clear. True, Capriles won but with barely 4 points whereas Falcon in Lara did get a more convincing 12 point advance. Can anyone claim without the faintest of doubts that Capriles is still the lone and unique and best candidate against Chavez or Maduro? I, for one, do not think it so.
Third, as if this was not enough trouble for the opposition preparations for presidential elections coming probably next February, we must underline the wretchedness of a bulk of chavismo electorate. You may remember a post from a couple of weeks ago where I even put up an amateur map describing the drug/FARC corridor about to be set up from Colombia to Guarico state. Well, let's look at the results of the governors involved.
Zulia. The most "normal" result, with Arias Cardena who is more of a nincompoop than an actual delinquent- 52%-
Trujillo. Diaz Rangel, major sucker up to Chavez on the drug trafficker list of the DEA, of anti democratic certified credentials, gets 82 fucking % in Trujillo.
Portuguesa. Here we get the reelection of a heavily contested chavista but how so close to Chavez. He managed to double the chavista dissident leaving in third the opposition one....
Cojedes. The talibanic bitch gets easily 62%.
Guarico. I saved you the best for last, the end of the road, Guarico, where Rodriguez Chacin got 73%. In addition to be on all sorts of international crime lists which basically stop him form ever leaving Venezuela, he is also the videotaped devoted friend of the FARC guerilla.
I mean, let's be serious, how can you reach an electorate that votes for such scum?