You wanted your stoopid hope 'n change? Well here's your stoopid hope 'n change, via Al Giordano:
During a State Department press briefing this morning in Washington by Acting Department Spokesman Robert Wood, he fielded the first question on Latin American relations in two weeks of these daily briefings. From the State Department transcript:Oh! So it's an "internal matter," is it? So we have to like go "in" to Venezuela to deal with the matter, is that it, Mr. Wood? So just how do you propose we overthrow the democratically elected government this time, MR. WOOD? Tell us, Al:
QUESTION: Is the U.S. Government concerned about this election, this referendum on -- in Venezuela on the 15th of February, and Chavez trying to stay in power?
MR. WOOD: Look, that's an internal matter with regard to Venezuela, and I don't have anything more to say on that.
This newly-stated respect for Venezuela's internal governance marks a clear break from previous US policy that regularly sought to meddle in the country's democratic affairs.Oh.