7:30 AM Ok so the Economist's take pretends to understand that the Constitution addresses historic racial injustices blah blah blah, so who came up with the the terrible headline?
11:03 PM Here's the AP's novel take on it all: "The constitution's 59 percent support in some ways is a setback for Morales, who polled 67 percent support in an August recall election." Yes, we've now climbed to 59 percent, a "setback," "in some ways."
10:44 PM Lawd, Simon Romero has posted his story. Let's see, Evo Morales is not Indian enough, he's an economic idiot and many white people think this constitution is "mind-boggling" and "nonsensical, " even though it "may have the ratification of the majority." FYI Simon Romero is an asshole.
9:28 PM Oh Christ Reuters has an "analysis":
Opposition leaders will use their bargaining power to push for greater regional autonomy for the relatively wealthy eastern provinces where Morales is not popular. They will, however, likely try to keep their campaign peaceful as deadly protests last September were unsuccessful and hurt their image.
8:22 PM Blog from Bolivia reports: "the constitution was approved 75% to 25% in La Paz, while it was defeated 35% to 65% in Santa Cruz," also "urban voters approved the constitution a 52% Yes / 48% No, while rural voters backed it 82% to 18%."
7:48 PM Awww. No wonder the opposition lost. Their commercials were sort of charmingly awful. I like the parts where they can't find any actual "NO" signs so they zoom in on storefronts with an "n" and and "o" in their names. So clever. (Hat tip: Duderino)
7:35 PM This is how The Daily Telegraph describes Bolivia's divide:
The roots of the conflict have been growing ever since Mr Morales an Aymara Indian who herded llamas as a boy, became the country's first indigenous president in 2005 and set about upending an order inherited from Spanish colonial times and subsequent military regimes.
The Indian president started the racism by getting elected and disrupting the "order." And:
The opposition, led by state governors in the country's more prosperous east, fear that Mr Morales' march towards a socialist state is taking their nation into the orbit of Venezuela's fervently anti-US president, Hugo Chavez, and further away from economic efficiency.
Apparently they are quite passionate
about this "economic efficiency."
7:00 PM All day long the opposition has been crying "fraud," because hey that's what you do.
6:45 PM With 90% of precincts reporting, exit polls have Bolivia's new constitution passing with a decisive 56.8%, huzzah.