December 10, 2007

SAY IT AIN'T SO, HUGO:

Attempted Theft: Hugo Chávez tried to overturn the results of Venezuela's recent vote but was rebuffed by the military (Jorge Castañeda, 12/07/07, Newsweek)

[B]y midweek enough information had emerged to conclude that Chávez did, in fact, try to overturn the results. As reported in El Nacional, and confirmed to me by an intelligence source, the Venezuelan military high command virtually threatened him with a coup d'état if he insisted on doing so. Finally, after a late-night phone call from Raúl Isaías Baduel, a budding opposition leader and former Chávez comrade in arms, the president conceded—but with one condition: he demanded his margin of defeat be reduced to a bare minimum in official tallies, so he could save face and appear as a magnanimous democrat in the eyes of the world. So after this purportedly narrow loss Chávez did not even request a recount, and nearly every Latin American colleague of Chávez's congratulated him for his "democratic" behavior.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 10, 2007 3:59 PM
Comments

So, his one condition was that he did not want to come across like Al Gore, but rather a magnanimous democrat... hmmm.

Posted by: Randall Voth at December 11, 2007 4:02 AM
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