February 20, 2007


Ignoring Chavez's Plan (MICHAEL ROWAN AND DOUG SCHOEN, February 20, 2007, NY Sun)

Hugo Chavez may have lost both the recall referendum in 2004 and the December 2006 presidential election, according to studies conducted by a distinguished multidisciplinary team in Caracas, Venezuela. The team includes the rector of Universidad Simon Bolivar, Frederick Malpica, and a former rector of the National Electoral Council, Alfredo Weil.

Astonishing as it may seem to Americans who believe the contention by Mr. Chavez that he won both elections by a landslide -- 58% to 42% in the recall and 61% to 39% in the presidential election -- the studies show that since 2003, Mr. Chavez has added 4.4 million favorable names to the voter list and "migrated" 2.6 million unfavorable voters to places where it was difficult or impossible for them to vote.

None of these additions or migrations to the voter-register has been independently audited in Venezuela. Instead, the votes have been electronically counted by Chavez cronies. So when Mr. Chavez announces a landslide, there has been no way to prove otherwise, even though exit polls and other data have consistently shown that half the voters of Venezuela or more oppose Mr. Chavez.

It's not like it's hard to fool Mother Sheehan and Jimmy Carter.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 20, 2007 12:02 AM

This is no surprise. In 2004, Chavez probably just reversed the algorithm in the voting machines (prior to the actual election, he was losing by about 58-42).

Posted by: ratbert at February 20, 2007 11:01 AM

Sheesh. Don't give Ron Sims any ideas, or next year I'll be voting in Kent.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at February 20, 2007 11:10 AM

Heck a lot of Americans think Saddam won 99.97% of the vote in a fair election too.

Great title -- one for the hall of fame.

Posted by: erp at February 20, 2007 11:50 AM

Is that why the Dems won the 2006 mid-term? We use voting machines from the company owned by Hugo and cronies.

Posted by: ic at February 20, 2007 3:36 PM

No, the GOP ran on guns instead of butter.

Posted by: oj at February 20, 2007 4:42 PM

Unfortunately for the Republicans, their guns were pea-shooters.

Posted by: jim hamlen at February 20, 2007 10:51 PM