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  •  It's hard to believe Capriles is their best option (0+ / 0-)

    But then again, he's the most prominent elected official from the opposition so it's not he's some random or sacrificial guy.  While it's possible that the ruling coalition will take a serious stab at addressing the things that prevent it from getting a stable permanent majority (overall dicey administration, and violent crime), it's also possible that they will take a lesson from a besieged revolution that failed (Chile) and one that didn't (Cuba), and make it the repressive country that it hasn't been under chavismo.

    You know, I sometimes think if I could see, I'd be kicking a lot of ass. -Stevie Wonder at the Glastonbury Festival, 2010

    by Rich in PA on Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 08:37:24 AM PDT

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    •  There's a lot of good things (2+ / 0-)
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      happening in latin america in general right now. I guess I'm optimistic that the emergence of a new authoritarian state is unlikely.

      The crime issue is what concerns me - if that gets even more out of control, it could cripple their economy more than it already is. With Mexico and other countries cracking down on crime the criminals are looking for weak spots.

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