Monday, February 18, 2013
Chavez: "I am baaaack..."
Poltergeist: "the return" episode has started, and adequately, in the middle of night, straight to a military hospital, no pictures, nothing. Oh! I forgot, his tweeter is back but if you ask me Tweeter is as close to a Poltergeist experience the web 2.0 offers...... But I digress.
Believe it or not, but I just learned about Chavez return. Well, a couple of hours ago but I did not rush to the computer as I am sure the news is everywhere, and this is a commentary blog, not a news service. I have to confess that for the last year or so I have stopped hitting the news in the morning, or the Net part of my blogging life, preferring to watch sitcom reruns or taped Direct TV shows while I sip my tea. It greatly improves my mental health for the day as bad news will always be there, whether you read them at 6 AM or 6 PM (which is when I read the morning paper). Not that I mean Chavez return is bad news, it is, IMVMO, good news.
The only question I really have is why that Photoshop Phiasco last week if they knew they were going to bring Chavez over this Monday? The charitable answer is that they were preparing the chavista populace to receive a diminished leader. The less charitable option is that the pictures Fail forced their hand to bring Chavez back. The rational answer is that the government illegality is starting to weigh heavily and the Cuban masters and chavista hanger on decided to move the simile corpse to Caracas to straighten the January 9 coup so they can start borrowing money again. If they finish him off, well, too bad. If he makes it, once he is sworn in he can be shipped back to Cuba.
Where are the good news, you may ask me?
Well, for a start the opposition restrain will pay off, in particular for not promoting obviously a presidential candidate. One thing less they will accuse us of, though they certainly will try anything.
Another thing is that this means obviously that now elections are not going to take place until June at the earliest. See, they need to swear him the guy, he needs to name a new cabinet, and only then he can resign to allow for new elections but with his true in pectore successor as vice president, and as president for true during the campaign. Because the biggest surprise of all, for Chavez at least, is that Maduro madness has not caught on at all with chavismo and I would not be surprised that Cubans as well as chavismo are now considering dumping Maduro from the ticket. But those are more complex speculations so let's stop here while we are still ahead of the curve.
And I will leave you with a third piece of good news as of this return: since now it is a 95% bet that there will be no elections until early June at best (sudden croaking being always an option), the ill effects of devaluation and gross mismanagement will start to be felt. This is good for the opposition which has now a few extra weeks to put its house in order for the July municipal elections and for the another election which is coming any time this year. Otherwise why would chavismo go through such theatrics if they were not preparing elections, a referendum or even a constitutional assembly?
Now, isn't that all kinda poltergeisty enough for you?