Uncovering the Evil Behind the Banal
As Chavez begins his new term, the English language Venezuela bloggers are breathlessly typing away to expose the sinister plots behind routine administrative changes. This perennial exercise follows two primary rules:
1) Incoming officials are evidence that the still-democratic Venezuela is surely now on the path to despotic Cubo-fascist autocratic totalitarianism, and
2) Outgoing officials, who were previously bringing Venezuela to the brink of tyrannical kleptocratic Stalo-authoritarian caudillismo, have been mercilessly cast aside because they were, in fact, moderates.
Here’s the word on the Vice Presidential transition, as brought to you by the wingnut brigade, Zagat-style.
Out: Jose Vicente Rangel, the “Prince of Darkness” with the “smug glare brimming with contempt and boredom and schadenfreude all rolled up into one,” and his “barely concealed delight at the way power allowed him to piss all over the truth.” Folks are ecstatic to see the last days of this “Macchiavellian” “evil genius”, who was probably shoved aside out “for opposing the move to shut down RCTV.”
In: Even before his swearing in session, incoming Vice President Jorge Rodriguez is already among “the top five as far as toxic regime personalities go.” A “a failed shrink, a failed public servant,” this “lackey” brings to the job “his intolerance, his vileness, his complete lack of ethical or moral values.” “A psychiatrist in the same sense Mengele was a doctor,” Rodriguez “will not bat an eye to fulfill any of the desires of his master, no matter how reprehensible those might be.” Clearly, this is all “another sign that the revolution is about to deepen and will be more radical.”
Whew. I’d like to see these guys’ take on the Bush Administration’s appointment of Dr. Death Squad to be Condi’s #2.