Sunday, April 14, 2013
I've been following a live blog of the Venezuela election for much of the evening. The official results are in, and the Bolivarian Revolution continues. However, it was close: 50.66% for Maduro to 49.07% for Capriles. For now, there is some tentative hope that what was set in motion by Chavez will continue. That said, the ruling party really needs to get its act together. My impression, correctly or incorrectly, has been that the party has benefited largely from Chavez’s larger-than-life charisma. A lot of good has been done for the country’s 99%, but 21st Century Socialism needs to become more than a populist slogan if it is to have any staying power. These results are a wake-up call.