i have not looked into it myself but someone said that his past few elections have had UN observers and been judged to be not rigged.
Sorry dude, but that's not true. I lived in Venezuela and I know exactly who came in to oversee the elections and who didn't, and the UN didn't come in. As a matter of fact, the last time I recall the UN doing an election was Angola, but I may be wrong.
Anyway, that's neither here nor there. I said he has moved his ratings up recently, didn't I? And now, based on what I'm hearing today
I can add his ratings are going to plummet. I hear his cancer is acting up, and he sure looks bloated. A couple of people have said his kidneys are failing, some say he's getting pumped with steroids, but whatever the cause the guy looks like a bloated pig. So he's getting something or they are doing something to him, I don't think it's his diet.
I realize you are writing for Americans, so you use the American reference when you write. I do it sometimes, even though I write for a wider audience. All I can say your argument sure rings hollow with me, I don't know about the others. I happen to know Chavez is an incompetent fool when it comes to governance. And he's going down, either the cancer is going to off him, or he's going to head towards defeat, which means he'll go the military self coup route, and blow democracy to hell. After all, guys like Chavez are about themselves, and keeping their power. It's old hat, history repeats itself, he's just another tin horn dictator, fat, tired, and to be scorned by history as just another bufoon in a long line of Latin American bufoons.