December 4, 2006

THE CHEESEBALL STANDS ALONE:

Latin American voters go left, but not that far left: Hugo Chavez's victory caps off the region's year of elections, but in many ways, Venezuela stands alone (Sara Miller Llana, 12/05/06, The Christian Science Monitor)

[A]nalysts say that the leftist tide that appeared to be sweeping the region earlier this year has ebbed. While President Chávez led the pack in his anti-US fervor, the left comes from widely different ideologies and shares no unified front. Many seek some distance from the US, but don't shun the country. In many cases, candidates have had to moderate their images just to get elected.

There's no doubt that voters in most countries firmly rejected the "Washington consensus" and its orthodox free-trade policies this year, but they aren't necessarily seeking revolution. "The region is in great flux, and there is enormous frustration with persistent poverty. But there is no great revolutionary fervor in Latin America," says Michael Shifter, vice president for policy at the Inter-American Dialogue in Washington. "There is certainly distrust of the US, but at the same time most [leaders] want to explore areas of cooperation with the US."


Hugo will be especially lonely in a year or two, when Cuba comes in from the Cold.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 4, 2006 5:56 PM
Comments

--"The region is in great flux, and there is enormous frustration with persistent poverty.--

--rejected the "Washington consensus" and its orthodox free-trade policies this year, --

Then you shall stay mired in poverty, but please please, Uncle Sam, sign a free trade agreement with us.

Posted by: Sandy P at December 4, 2006 8:23 PM

A year or two? Try next February.

Posted by: jim hamlen at December 4, 2006 11:00 PM
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