The New York Times is very grumpy and dismissive about Hugo Chavez’ victory in Venezuela — by an 11-point margin, which would of course be considered a landslide here. Oh well, they say, he did better last time. Clearly the magic is fading. Not fading quite as fast as Obie’s, of course.
But still, there’s hope. Venezuela may yet revert to neocolony status, and wouldn’t that be wonderful. Uncle can wait, though the Times is fretfully impatient for good news to report. Chavez is, after all, mortal. And the smart money understands that these spells of public discontent are transitory things.
Until they aren’t.