I am watching for the first time a full speech of Capriles campaign-bis, tonight in Naguanagua. Well, it is a transformed man. No more mister nice guy against Chavez. Now it is a truth a minute. He holds no punch against Maduro. From accusing him of being a machista to telling folks he is lazy and does not wake up before 9 AM. In a way he manages to come closer to be a Chavez heir than Maduro himself. At least Capriles can claim to have been everywhere in the country, like Chavez did, and waking up early, like Chavez did (even though it was more likely due to insomnia than actual desire...).
But Capriles goes much further. After all, Maduro has proven to be such an easy target. I am impressed how he mixes criticism of the regime with concrete proposals, though of a demagogic on occasion. But the thing is that Capriles speaks from the heart. His fight is for Venezuela, to save our country, to make it reborn. He offers himself in sacrifice. It is simply fantastic to see a transformation. Too bad he did not try some of that fire last year against Chavez.
This is EXACTLY the campaign I wanted him to do, the only one worth doing because even if he loses he sets a standard and put the country in front of its responsibility if it votes for Maduro in spite of his clear deficiencies and the disaster of 14 Chavez rule unraveling fast. By speaking loud and clear it is the only chance that a future government may have the means to make the changes that we need.
Capriles meeting was huge, HUGE, for something so early in the campaign for a side so deprived of means. Never mind the enthusiasm, that you cannot fake. Globovision switched directly to Maduro in El Tigre, with a dull campaign a lack of enthusiasm, and of course, close captions so we cannot say how big truly the crowds are. The argument? Chavez and the opposition will privatize PDVSA....
Amazingly Capriles is turning the election between conservatives and liberals except that the conservative are Maduro and the forward looking liberals are Capriles.