If we had proper leadership, we would realize we're facing a Target-Rich environment, with Chávez's popularity in the dog house and chavismo in deep disarray in half a dozen states, giving us a realistic chance to make symbolically loaded gains in places like Anzoategui, Guarico, even Barinas. But the early signs are, to his mind, not encouraging.
I sometimes get the sense that Bautista's oafish, deeply annoying TV persona masks a guy of uncommon political sense. I'm too busy to translate the whole thing, but I did especially enjoy this bit:
[Opposition] politics is limited to interpreting survey results. There's no imagination, no inventiveness. In terms of organization, there's nothing new either. No new consultation formulas or mechanisms to allow citizens to participate in ways that break with tradition. With all the new digital technologies out there, Venezuela doesn't have a single channel on offer to incorporate people horizontally into the work of politics .Ten years after MoveOn.org demonstrated the way you can use the net to mobilize people who feel strongly about politics, we still haven't caught on. Hell, the closest we've come is the clinically insane ramblings that blight the NoticieroDigital bulletin boards.