A two-fer regarding Venezuela

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Yesterday from the Associated Press:
Chavez: Only a 'Traitor' Will Vote No
President Hugo Chavez warned his supporters on Friday that anyone voting against his proposed constitutional changes would be a "traitor," rallying his political base before a referendum that would let him seek unlimited re-election in 2012 and beyond.

Brandishing a little red book listing his desired 69 revisions to Venezuela's charter, Chavez exhorted his backers to redouble their efforts toward a victorious "yes" vote in the Dec. 2 ballot.

"He who says he supports Chavez but votes 'no' is a traitor, a true traitor," the president told an arena packed with red-clad supporters. "He's against me, against the revolution and against the people."

His speech followed the recent high-profile defection of his former Defense Minister Gen. Raul Baduel, a longtime ally who called the president's proposed reforms a "coup." Others have also broken with the Chavista movement in recent months, including politicians of the small left-leaning party Podemos.

Chavez's opponents accuse him of concentrating power and seeking to be president-for-life like his close friend Fidel Castro of Cuba. Chavez insists he will only stay on as long as Venezuelans continue to vote for him.
Emphasis mine -- reminds me of another little red book. Kinda makes the blood run cold... But good news today comes from Reuters:
Poll says Chavez loses Venezuela referendum lead
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has lost his lead eight days before a referendum on ending his term limit, an independent pollster said on Saturday, in a swing in voter sentiment against the Cuba ally.

Forty-nine percent of likely voters oppose Chavez's proposed raft of constitutional changes to expand his powers, compared with 39 percent in favor, a survey by respected pollster Datanalisis showed.

Just weeks ago, Chavez had a 10-point lead for his proposed changes in the OPEC nation that must be approved in a referendum, the polling company said.
I hope that this last item is what happens in December. He may have been popular at the outset of his career but he is setting himself up as a hardline dictator and "President for life"

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Watch for a "surprise victory" by chavez supporters when the votes are counted, just as Chavez's "promise" to step down if he is no longer elected. He will try to make sure that never happens, "whatever it takes" and our home grown leftists will cheer him on while the body count mounts.
"gunner"

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