February 20, 2006


Venezuela's unrealized revolution: Many of President Hugo Chávez's supporters wonder when his changes will improve their lives. (Vinod Sreeharsha, 2/21/06, The Christian Science Monitor)

Seven years after Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez first took office, an event commemorated earlier this month, Juan Francisco Rivas is still waiting for the "revolution."

His 24-square-meter makeshift house, currently inhabited by nine people, sits at a 45-degree angle atop one of the city's worst hillside slums, Petare. His roof is a single metal sheet. There is no hot water.

Mr. Rivas voted for Mr. Chávez in 1998 but today, while showing his often-flooded living room, says, "Look at this place and tell me honestly that Chávez is for the poor."

But the Left assures us that Hugo is the wave of Latin America's future....

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 20, 2006 6:01 PM

You're obsessed with the Left, aren't you?

Posted by: Al Cornpone at February 20, 2006 6:14 PM

It's been a long time since I last read the Nation and its ilk, but none of the Left I personally know have mentioned anything good about Chavez.

Posted by: Chris Durnell at February 20, 2006 7:06 PM

But Cindy Sheehan likes him! And who is more Left than her and her absolute moral authority?

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at February 20, 2006 7:33 PM

And so the communists run another country into the ground, all the while promising it will become a proletarian paradise. When will they ever learn?

Posted by: jd watson [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 20, 2006 7:34 PM

Annoying Old Guy--

True, although to his credit, Jon Stewart noted this in a very mocking way on the Daily Show, clearly and directly insulting Chavez for his nasty tendencies.

To his audience's discredit, they seemed confused and didn't respond, baffled by a situation that put Sheehan in a bad light and apparently ignorant of foreign affairs beyond "Bush bad!"

Posted by: John Thacker at February 20, 2006 8:20 PM


Choose any publication of the mainstream Left and put Chavez in the search box--it'll return positive stories about him. The New Republic will be the exception because he's cozying up to Iran.

Posted by: oj at February 20, 2006 8:32 PM

Hey Ozzie likes him so he can't be all bad.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at February 21, 2006 2:09 AM


From the looks of her wristwatch, Ms. Sheehan is a left-hander, just like me. We "lefties" have a higher-than-normal percentage of creative goofs, as Ms. Sheehan's earnest pose with that clown demonstrates.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at February 21, 2006 2:19 AM


Regarding that link you posted, the earnest self-importance of the title alone made me grin.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at February 21, 2006 2:23 AM