Chvez Wins, but His Power Is Slipping


Although socialist President Hugo Chvez routed his centrist challenger, Henrique Capriles Radonski, 55% to 45% in the Oct. 7 presidential election in Venezuela, the opposition can take some consolation from the fact that Capriles did a lot of things right. That includes reaching out in a more credible way to poor Venezuelans, who make up Chvez's base. The problem is that it wasn't nearly enough to make up for all the things the opposition has done wrong in the almost 14 years Chvez and his populist, anti-U.S. revolution have controlled Venezuela,...

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