Excerpts of column "Runrunes" (Rumors) released on Thursday, November 08
Chavezism seems to be unaware of its inner crisis, impossible to be skipped no matter the effort
THE PROCESSION. While Chavezsim points to winds of division in the ranks of the opposition Unified Democratic Panel (MUD), and even sends emissaries with stuffed saddlebags to buy some conscience or frame concomitant nominations, it seems to be unaware of its inner crisis, impossible to be skipped no matter the effort. The walls of the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) exude the strife that the caudillo seems to ignore, tired of listening time after time to the complaints of the bunch of red, very red gangs. The triad composed of Foreign Minister Nicolás Maduro, former Minister of the Interior and Justice Tareck el Aissami and ex Executive Vice-President Elías Jaua used to play alone with the Bolivarian bourgeois and billionaire chief of state-run oil holding Petróleos de Venezuela (Pdvsa), Rafael Ramírez as the only rival. Now, they resolved to approach Ramírez in order to join efforts and face the military officers close to President Hugo Chávez. The initial target of the quartet is Congress Speaker Diosdado Cabello, in an attempt at curbing his progress and preventing him from moving up the power ladder. They are certain that the original caudillo "will throw in the towel in his forced retirement in light of his health condition" All of the four will put their own people in key positions and their pace will depend on the performance of the reelected government. Likewise, they will cover some of their non sancta actions. (...) In the meantime, they build bridges with pseudo-opponents. In the garrisons, generals watch and shut up.
That political protest in Venezuela has lost momentum seems pretty obvious: people are no longer building barricades to block off streets near Plaza Francia in Altamira (eastern Caracas), an anti-government stronghold; no new images have been shown of brave and dashing protesters with bandanna-covered faces clashing with the National Guard in San Cristóbal, in the western state of Táchira; and those who dreamed of a horde of "Gochos" (Tachirans) descending in an avalanche to stir up revolt in Caracas have been left with no option but to wake up to reality.