White House press secretary Jay Carney congratulated the Venezuelan people on their recent election, despite exit polls showing the opposition to President Hugo Chavez winning. Chavez was several points behind in the exit polling but the Marxist managed to win the general election by a million votes.
Chavez wants to wipe the American empire off the map. Obama just wants to change it into a third world socialist state.
As Investor’s Business Daily noted, Chavez built his Marxist dynasty on the 47% rule.
Mitt Romney was blasted last month for warning about the intractable nature of chronic government dependency. But Venezuela’s election Sunday, which Hugo Chavez won handily, shows how right he was.
Against all odds in a normal democracy, Chavez won re-election to a fourth term against a strong opponent Sunday. The margin was 55% to 44%, putting Chavez in line to become the third longest ruler in the history of the hemisphere, outmatched only by Paraguay’s Alfredo Stroessner and Cuba’s Fidel Castro, if he survives the six-year term.
It was a curious thing, given that Chavez is a colossal failure as leader — his radical Marxist program serving up shortages, crime, incompetence and corruption, and his alliances with the world’s rogue states and terrorists making Venezuela a pariah state.
It was even sadder because his rival, Henrique Capriles Radonski was a credible, fresh-faced challenger who ran a disciplined, sharp campaign, vowing to align Venezuela along the path of neighbors such as Brazil.
Yet Chavez’s 11-point margin was higher than any poll or exit poll, and while it’s true he tilted the playing field by dominating the airwaves, flinging cash for votes and playing dirty tricks with the ballot itself — placing Capriles’ picture by a party not affiliated with his political alliance — it wasn’t quite outright fraud, as far as is known. Tellingly, Capriles’ team knew all this and still thought it could win.
It didn’t. What brought Chavez victory was an unexpectedly high 80% turnout, which amounted to favors called in because of his culture of dependency, making it easy for Chavista redshirts to round up votes from both the slums and from Venezuela’s government workers. That’s about 43% of the electorate, his base, that’ll vote for him no matter what.
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Chavez won using the Obama plan and Obama hopes to win using the Chavez plan. No wonder he’s increasing dependency on the government in leaps and bounds. No wonder Obama’s pushing food stamps on illegal aliens. It’s all part of the new Democratic Party plan. It works in Venezuela. Obama hopes it will work here at home too.