Saturday, April 24, 2010

MUD as the mouse that roared

The worst statue is the opposition
Despondency is the word today.  The opposition negotiation device, MUD, is never finishing up its list of candidates, allegedly representing unity.  We are going from postponement of the announcement to further postponement and as I type there is no guarantee that we will see the MUD respect its latest of the latest deadlines after the previous one have been unmet and unmet.  And from the extra-official news, we can be nonplussed at the underwhelming list of candidates offered.  Barboza for Zulia main seat while Goicochea is relegated to a third place in Parlatino?  Ever the eternal loser William Davila again in Merida for the only safe seat there?

Rayma's cartoon is right and to the point.  The opposition seems to believe that the election of September is won and it is afraid to make any move, any wave that could change the present status quo.  A few days ago I was hoping that the glacial response to the country's reality by the MUD was starting to shift some when the MUD put the military debate in the political debate reminding the army that it was not there to serve the president ambition.  But that was that and what matters the most, an impacting list of bright candidates, is not coming through, leaving the field to a lot of recycled garbage of proven failures.

I do not mean to be totally negative.  After all unity seems to have been reached and that is not small feat.  Also the new National Assembly cannot be composed of fresh baby faces that will be eaten alive by the chavista sharks who do not play fair, not to mention their innate ability to drag you down in the lowest of the gutter.  We need indeed some experienced fighting guys such as Ismael Garcia who deserves his place in the Aragua safe seat, to give you an example.  But William Davila?  Omar Barboza?  Not even the decency to run in a contested seat to prove their electoral worth.  Oh boy.......


  1. Agreed, Daniel Oh, BOY!!!!!!!
    It is very hard for me to stomach the Miranda line up and I am hard core Anti-Chavez. We could have done, heck, we should have done much better than, by God's sake, a Julio Borges led line-up.
    We will probably see an independent ticket running in Miranda and now, all bets are off!

  2. Anonymous1:45 PM

    well, at least you are not screaming hysterically that manuel rosales got one of Maracaibo districts as some are doing, and asking why there wasn't a candidacy given to OAP, and it was to rosales.

    I think the opposition succeeded in creating unity, of course there's a lot of candidates we don't like, but it was really unrealistic to expect perfection, i think that beyond criticize the unity candidate we have to get on the boat and start working to reach the goal of it all.

    I would have like to see OAP as a unity candidate, but i-m not going to attack everything just because he wasn't.
    i believe manuel rosales has the right to run, in fact this should have been his move after being governor, his natural path... and the fact that he is running in one of the chavistas districts of maracaibo makes it more interesting for me.
    And OAP is a brilliant politicians, he deserves all my respect and all, but if he were to be a candidate it should be in one of the districts of caracas, where he's been living for the past 6 years, he has a lot of excellent ideas etc, but hes more a person of words, not actions, we haven't seen him in zulia for a long a time, while others were fighting chavismo in the state with everything they have and ended up losing it all.

    There are somethings that really piss me off, the fact that for some poeple being jailed under chavez is enough to be a hero deserving of all respect, and that the last students to take on to the streets are the first one to do so and deserve everything...
    hey... when chavez came to power i was 18 years old, and in 2002 and all those years i was an university student, and i marched all the time, almost half of the people i used to see on those march around that time where university students, the different was that we were just only the student protesting, it was everyone at the same time, now only the students seems to take on to the streets to protest, but they weren't the first to do so... the difference is that those who did protest way back are now university graduate.
    Yongo does have merits to deserve a candidacy, but so done other people, fighting against chavismo didn't start with the new kids on the streets they just joined it.

    Barbosa was suppose to be a candidate somewhere, good that they gave him the one that doesn't need him to run a campaign.

  3. anonymous

    as i typed that post the list was not published yet and i focused only on "unofficial" names that i was pretty sure woudl be confirmed.

    in other words you are going to have to wait until i read the whole list (done!) and think about it before i write my final opinion (not done!)

    all my complete electoral analysis take a few days to show up, i am slow, but often accurate. for now let me remind you, if you did not see it, that i wrote against putting political prisoners as candidates except for one as a token gesture. i also think that more students should have been allowed to participate in primaries by allowing for more primaries. whether they won or not been irrelevant as they need the campaigning experience.

  4. Charly6:01 PM

    Maybe the oppo needs another 20 years of Chavez. Maybe by then they will get a clue, but just maybe.


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