IBD asks the question,
Is Hugo Chavez Man Enough To Accept Defeat At The Polls?
All this points to the real possibility that Chavez will lose the upcoming election. He’s unlikely to go gracefully, so the big question is what will he do if he loses?
So many special interests have a stake in the 13-year reign of incompetence and fear — from those in government who live off Venezuela’s oil earnings to the terrorists and drug dealers who make Venezuela their home.
And there is the huge civil servant class that Chavez has hired — tripling the count at least — in his bid to turn Venezuela into a socialist state. There are also those whose loyalty to Chavez is premised on his handouts — poor and not so poor.
Perhaps the biggest special interest is Cuba, whose operatives literally run Venezuela’s most sensitive departments in exchange for Chavez’s cut-rate oil that the Castro brothers have yet to pay for.
Chavez’s brother, Adan, who as governor runs Barinas state as his own feudal barony, has declared that Chavez will not go out without a fight.
Considering how Hugo has been arming a militia, one has to expect that things will turn ugly.
I hope I’m wrong.
Venezuela’s general election is scheduled for October 7.