Well. One of the leaders of the Republican party, a former Speaker of the House, and a plausible presidential candidate, goes to the Bronx and calls Cristina Fernández a “semi-dictator.”
No, seriously. Chávez, though, got to be a full dictator, while poor Danny Ortega got lumped in with Cristina among the “semis.”
Now that is funny. Ortega, who unlike the other two has in fact engaged in election fraud, becomes the same as Fernández. Now, it is true that about a year ago she tried and failed to make an end-run around Congress in order to impose an agricultural export tax. But our last president tried and succeeded to make an end-run around Congress in order to detain suspects indefinitely and monitor all communications crossing the country's border ... and while George Bush the Younger was many things, a “semi-dictator” was not one of them.
Meanwhile, I really do need to repeat that Venezuela is not a dictatorship. Most of the anti-Chavista opposition recognizes that. And even should Chávez turn it into one, Venezuela poses no threat to the United States. Let him slosh money around! He gets nothing for it.
Still, I can understand how he makes a useful foil for American conservatives. I've heard lefties say stupider things about President Uribe ... although never anyone as prominent as Newt Gingrich. But making Argentina into an enemy of the United States? Huh? Argentina??
So I've really got to wonder. Can somebody explain what's going on with the GOP and the crazy pills? I'm at a loss.
I guess I must reluctantly come around to the position that it is time to eliminate the filibuster.