Real talk: Hugo Chavez actually might not live forever

posted at 7:14 pm on May 7, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

Over a year ago, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez announced to his people that he has cancer, and he’s been taking the odd little trip to communist-buddy Cuba for treatment. Ever since, the Venezuelan government has kept up the pretense that Chavez’s life is in no immediate danger, he’s sure to be cured, his illness isn’t a hindrance to his ability to govern, etcetera. Last week, Chavez left his country yet again for what is supposed to be the last of his cancer treatments, but it appears as if the business-as-usual facade is finally starting to wear thin:

So far, the government has fiercely maintained that there is no alternative to Chavez, who still leads in the polls. But several names have begun to circulate among observers to take the helm should Chavez delegate his powers.

Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro, Vice President Elias Jaua and National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello are considered potential candidates. They are already cited in polls, triggering speculation over the ramifications of a possible succession battle. …

Jaua will soon be named president of the Council of State, an advisory body whose creation this week is seen by some analysts as the first step toward a potential political transition since Chavez experienced a relapse of the cancer first detected in June 2011. …

Usually all over the Venezuelan media, Chavez now rarely appears in public and has been reduced to sending out tweets during his long absences in Cuba.

Chavez is running for reelection as a “revolutionary socialist” against Henrique Capriles, the youthful Miranda state governor and center-left candidate for the united opposition. …

Even in the president’s own ranks, tensions and divisions are growing. But so long as Chavez is alive, “these confrontations will be relegated to the back stage, because the president of the United Socialist Party can still destroy” his rivals, Leon said.

Bizarre conspiracy theories about the source of his cancer aside, Chavez is reaching the end of his second six-year term limit, and his conspicuously unusual absence from the media (other than his Twitter stream) is fueling questions. His incapacitation and/or replacement would have some far-reaching implications for Venezuela, even if the candidates standing in line to take his slot are still only leftists of a less extreme caliber. The country has grown used to over a decade of the closely-guarded decisions of Chavez’s one-man reign, as have all of Latin America’s socialist nations being supported by Venezuela’s oil wealth.

Whatever whispers there may be of a presidential transition, the fact remains: he’s said that he would relinquish power if he loses October 7th’s election, but if Chavez lives and decides he doesn’t want to go, it would take quite the coup to get him to go. His well-established power has the backing of the bureaucracy and the military, and they will likely defend him to keep the revolutionary dream alive. While the record voter turnout in favor of the opposition candidate in February was an encouraging sign of life from the people, unless Chavez’s health really does take a turn for the worse, Venezuela seems destined to keep languishing under oppression and sub-par living standards for who knows how long. (Meanwhile, certain countries decide to follow their proffered example and indeed go gently into socialism’s good night. …The mind reels.)


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Hugo Chavez actually might not live forever.

Well, you just ruined my week. /snark

BigGator5 on May 7, 2012 at 7:16 PM

..and Sean Penn is maintaining a vigil at ballon boy’s bedside. If there is a God, here’s hoping the cancer is infectious and Penn catches it and his rectum explodes.

The War Planner on May 7, 2012 at 7:20 PM

is he suffering from the type of cancer that Sean Penn wanted to inflict upon someone????

/poetic justice.

ted c on May 7, 2012 at 7:21 PM

I won’t get too bent out of shape if he isn’t around this time next week…

BigWyo on May 7, 2012 at 7:22 PM

TWP and me on the same wavelength….

ted c on May 7, 2012 at 7:22 PM

Where is Cindy Sheehan ?
and that racist crooner who sang about a banana boat ?
They must be devastated
:O

burrata on May 7, 2012 at 7:24 PM

Good riddance.

But there are a million other liberal fascists lining up to take his place.

logis on May 7, 2012 at 7:25 PM

Ted c, et al, get out the vomit bags:

Chávez describes himself as Catholic, but his religious beliefs are eclectic. He has at times also expressed faith in folk deities such as María Lionza, an indigenous goddess venerated by some Venezuelans who pay homage through candlelit rituals and shrines.

Despite the recent shows of faith, the president has had a rocky relationship with Catholic leaders. He has accused priests of siding with the country’s wealthy rather than the poor and in a particularly heated clash in 2010, suggested that Christ would whip some church leaders for lying after Cardinal Jorge Urosa warned that democratic freedoms were being eroded in Venezuela.

Chávez insists his faith goes back to his days as an altar boy, and long before his illness, he was calling Jesus Christ “the greatest socialist in history.”

..hope both their asssholes explode!

The War Planner on May 7, 2012 at 7:33 PM

Guess the wonderful cuba medical system didn’t work hugo?
Guess what hugo, you will need a gob of ice cubes where you will be going when you don’t live forever! And they do melt really fast where you are going.
L

letget on May 7, 2012 at 7:37 PM

Comrade Barry will send Biden for the funeral. I look FORWARD to that.

joe btfsplk on May 7, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Some people deserve cancer. Others do not.

Ugly on May 7, 2012 at 7:43 PM

Barry Hussein Soetoro seems to plan to live forever as evidenced by his “Julia” ad, he plans to still be President more than 60 years from now at more than 100 years old. It’s like he believes in his own “divinity”.

wildcat72 on May 7, 2012 at 7:45 PM

I can only hope he holds out until there is an Administration in office with the political will to take maximum advantage of Chavez’s death. Maybe he’ll take Fidel with him.

Sekhmet on May 7, 2012 at 7:48 PM

Hopefully he lives, atleast he gives free oil to our poor, since we can’t seem to do it.

damian1967 on May 7, 2012 at 7:49 PM

Via con diablos, Ooohgo

Naturally Curly on May 7, 2012 at 7:49 PM

Comrade Barry will send Biden for the funeral. I look FORWARD to that.

joe btfsplk on May 7, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Stand up Hugo ;-)

burrata on May 7, 2012 at 7:49 PM

So Sean Penn and Michael Moore will be devastated, not many others will be! I hope the headline tomorrow tells he is gone.

bluemarlin on May 7, 2012 at 7:52 PM

That smell of sulphur you’re whiffing these days, Hugo… it ain’t Bush.

de rigueur on May 7, 2012 at 7:54 PM

People of Venezuela seem to like him, they want him according to the polls….

But you all hate him and wish him death, he has done nothing to hurt us, actually he has helped our poor, which american oil companies can’t seem to do.

damian1967 on May 7, 2012 at 7:56 PM

Is it rectal cancer? Please, let it be rectal cancer.

lorien1973 on May 7, 2012 at 8:00 PM

Ted Williams & Walt Disney will be neighbors once Hugo vapor-locks.

BHO Jonestown on May 7, 2012 at 8:01 PM

I thought Sean Penn was having Hugo’s Baby-Tater…

LMAO

deedtrader on May 7, 2012 at 8:01 PM

But you all hate him and wish him death, he has done nothing to hurt us, actually he has helped our poor, which american oil companies can’t seem to do.

damian1967 on May 7, 2012 at 7:56 PM

Hugo bastardized the Citgo brand for all eternity.

Myron Falwell on May 7, 2012 at 8:03 PM

Myron Falwell on May 7, 2012 at 8:03 PM

I buy Citgo gas all the time, and no other. Anyone who supports our poor gets my money!

damian1967 on May 7, 2012 at 8:03 PM

I buy Citgo gas all the time, and no other. Anyone who supports our poor gets my money!

damian1967 on May 7, 2012 at 8:03 PM

^^ #IssueTroll ^^

Myron Falwell on May 7, 2012 at 8:05 PM

Chávez insists his faith goes back to his days as an altar boy, and long before his illness, he was calling Jesus Christ “the greatest socialist in history.”

I am so sick of unregenerate people equating Christianity with socialism. Socialists say what’s yours is mine. Christians say what’s mine is Thine.

flyfisher on May 7, 2012 at 8:05 PM

People of Venezuela seem to like him, they want him according to the polls….

damian1967 on May 7, 2012 at 7:56 PM

Well, apparently the people of Cuba ‘love’ Castro too…Just look at the polls….

BigWyo on May 7, 2012 at 8:06 PM

Long live Chavez!!!! NOT!!!!

Bitter Clinger on May 7, 2012 at 8:06 PM

damian1967 on May 7, 2012 at 8:03 PM

You guys are right. This latest batch of trolls just sucks.

CurtZHP on May 7, 2012 at 8:07 PM

I buy Citgo gas all the time, and no other. Anyone who supports our poor gets my money!

damian1967 on May 7, 2012 at 8:03 PM

^^ #IssueTroll ^^

Myron Falwell on May 7, 2012 at 8:05 PM

Communist Troll

Bitter Clinger on May 7, 2012 at 8:07 PM

People of Venezuela seem to like him, they want him according to the polls….

damian1967 on May 7, 2012 at 7:56 PM

Well, apparently the people of Cuba ‘love’ Castro too…Just look at the polls….

BigWyo on May 7, 2012 at 8:06 PM

And didn’t Saddam win those Iraqi “elections” by mammoth margins? God, the people there ADORED him!

/sarc

Myron Falwell on May 7, 2012 at 8:08 PM

I’m all for Hugo kicking the bucket as soon as possible. Normally I’m not so vindictive, but I’ve got him in Stoaty’s Dead Pool.

Bob's Kid on May 7, 2012 at 8:09 PM

Ugly on May 7, 2012 at 7:43 PM

Yeah…

damian1967 on May 7, 2012 at 7:56 PM

We dislike him because he’s a socialist dictator. If the people of Venezuela want him, then they can have him. We rather have freedom.

BigGator5 on May 7, 2012 at 8:10 PM

If the people of Venezuela want him, then they can have him. We rather have freedom.

BigGator5 on May 7, 2012 at 8:10 PM

If the people of Venezuela want him, then they can have him and they should stay in there ,
not run away from there and sneak into our country !

burrata on May 7, 2012 at 8:15 PM

We dislike him because he’s a socialist dictator. If the people of Venezuela want him, then they can have him. We rather have freedom.

BigGator5 on May 7, 2012 at 8:10 PM

When Hugo struck that alliance with Iran, we SHOULD have enforced a strict trade/commerce embargo not unlike with Fidel’s Cuba when he aligned with the Soviets (and, of course, that alliance almost resulted in WWIII back in 1962).

If the Venezuelans want someone like Hugo, fine. They can live in their own misery as a result while living under his facade of “Julia” touching every part of their lives.

I welcome his death. Would that it took place ten years ago.

Myron Falwell on May 7, 2012 at 8:16 PM

damian1967 on May 7, 2012 at 7:56 PM

There are plenty of people out there more deserving of your pity. Save it for them.

Cleombrotus on May 7, 2012 at 8:16 PM

People of Venezuela seem to like him, they want him according to the polls….

But you all hate him and wish him death, he has done nothing to hurt us, actually he has helped our poor, which american oil companies can’t seem to do.

damian1967 on May 7, 2012 at 7:56 PM

Well then, I suggest you go Venezuela and see how much he has helped the poor there. Go realize your utopian dream is a complete myth. He does not help our poor for any other reason than to poke us in the eye. Just to let you know, most of those stations that fly the CITGO name are mostly pumping gas out made by someone else. I have been to Venezuela, he has not really changed anything except the ownership of businesses from private hands to his own.

bluemarlin on May 7, 2012 at 8:17 PM

Anyone who supports our poor gets my money!

damian1967 on May 7, 2012 at 8:03 PM

Then give me all your money jackass. The amount of taxes I pay that goes to the “poor” support quite a few of them.
What a poor quality troll you are. Stupid and illiterate.

Aviator on May 7, 2012 at 8:20 PM

…this is not what I’ve been taught…or what I should feel…(forgive me Lord)…ADIOS…!!!

KOOLAID2 on May 7, 2012 at 8:27 PM

President For Life turned out not be a real issue for Venezuelans.

What has it been so far…a decade or so?

BobMbx on May 7, 2012 at 8:35 PM

Build a tomb, and stuff him, that way they can keep the leftist party going.

GarandFan on May 7, 2012 at 8:37 PM

And didn’t Saddam win those Iraqi “elections” by mammoth margins? God, the people there ADORED him!

Official Iraqi Presidential Ballot:

Choose one

Saddam Hussein

or

Kill my family

BobMbx on May 7, 2012 at 8:37 PM

That smell of sulphur you’re whiffing these days, Hugo… it ain’t Bush.

de rigueur on May 7, 2012 at 7:54 PM

Might be. Ever seen Hugo’s wife?

john1schn on May 7, 2012 at 8:52 PM

Damian, time to go back to LGF where you belong.

john1schn on May 7, 2012 at 8:56 PM

john1schn on May 7, 2012 at 8:56 PM

No, Ill stay right here

damian1967 on May 7, 2012 at 9:05 PM

The question is what comes after Chavez does die, which he will apparently do sooner than he thought. No one lives for ever, and no one knows when God will hit the recall button.

SC.Charlie on May 7, 2012 at 9:49 PM

Even the buzzards won’t touch him.

Ward Cleaver on May 7, 2012 at 11:28 PM

I buy Citgo gas all the time, and no other. Anyone who supports our poor gets my money!

damian1967 on May 7, 2012 at 8:03 PM

Cool! Then why don’t you just cut out the middle man and give all your money directly to the poor in your neighborhood. Sell all your possessions and get another job if you have to if it isn’t enough.

Dr. ZhivBlago on May 8, 2012 at 12:16 AM

I feel really bad for this poor dictator…

nawww, just kidding. The sooner the better.

mr_west on May 8, 2012 at 1:11 AM

The sun will shine just a little brighter, tomorrow.

MNHawk on May 8, 2012 at 7:23 AM

You all know in your hearts that you will miss the contently yapping Chihuahua once he’s gone, okay maybe not.

Wallythedog on May 8, 2012 at 10:57 AM