His buddy, former Venezuelan Defense Minister Raul Isaias Baduel, has been the biggest name to defect but the polls aren’t looking great either:
President Hugo Chavez is trailing ahead of a key vote on constitutional reforms, according to a new poll Saturday that shows opponents of the changes ahead by a strong margin.
The survey was conducted by Caracas polling firm Datanalisis, whose polls ahead of past votes have consistently matched Chavez’s electoral victories. It found about 49% of likely voters oppose Chavez’s reforms, well ahead of 39% who favor the changes.
“Chavez has never gone into an election without being an overwhelming majority from the beginning,” Datanalisis pollster Luis Vicente Leon told The Associated Press. “This is the first time it’s reversed.”
The sad reality is that there’s little hope that Chavez will respect the constitution, or the will of the people, whatever the results may be.
All I need are some tasty waves, a cool buzz, a Latin American dictator to hang with, and I’m fine.
“Sean Penn is in Venezuela,” Chavez said over national television. “I spoke with him by telephone and will see him” tomorrow.
“He came by himself on a commercial airliner,” he said. On Tuesday, Penn “walked the neighbourhoods of Caracas,” Chavez said.
He said that tomorrow, the 2003 Oscar-winning actor of “Mystic River” visited Barlovento, 100 kilometres east of Caracas.
Penn “is moved by his conscience, in search of new pathways,” Chavez said.
Snuggling up to Chavez is profitable – dictators know how to handle friends and enemies:
Chavez also recently welcomed US actor Danny Glover to Venezuela and gave him 18 million dollars to finance a film on Haitian independence leader Toussaint Louverture.
This happened a few days ago but people keep telling me they haven’t seen it. In the video you’ll see that Barron’s support of Chavez doesn’t sit too well with Housley.
Some background on Barron from Wikipedia:
He is often regarded as a racist and radical leftist, holding to beliefs he formed while in the Black Panther Party, which is no longer in existence. Some critics have called Barron a die-hard rebel fighting for black issues that are no longer relevant. He claims that criticisms of him being a “revolutionary” or “over-the-top” on black issues are simply the result of ignorance on the part of his white colleagues; he has, however, used the term “elected revolutionary” to describe himself. He is adamant on his issues, claiming that they are still important today, such as the issue of reparations for slavery:
“America—from 1789 to 1865, America—American government supported the institution of slavery. You don’t tell Jewish people to forget about the Holocaust. We don’t tell the Japanese people to forget about their oppression. When you are engaged in those kinds of crimes, you have to pay the debt. They don’t mind inheriting the riches from slavery. Nobody says, ‘Well, all of this money that was generated by the government, by private corporations, by private estates’—if you can inherit the wealth from slavery, then you must inherit the crime and responsibility from slavery.”
Barron received reprimands and a certain amount of notoriety for a remark he made during a 2002 reparations rally:
“I want to go up to the closest white person and say, ‘You can’t understand this, it’s a black thing’ and then slap him, just for my mental health.”
He has also shown support for Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez, in an interview with Tucker Carlson, calling him a “Humanitarian”.
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