Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Chavez's Masterstroke

Chavez was looking erratic after Mar del Plata. His diplomatic badmouthing was excessive: calling Fox “Empire’s pet” and Bush a “genocide” was, to say the least, unnecessary.

His last move, however, is simply a public relations masterstroke:

Chavez is selling cheap oil to the US.

Yes, I wrote exactly that:

Venezuelan oil is to be sold at preferential prices to the US.

Massachusetts State and Venezuela signed a deal to ensure that low-income homes from the State can buy Venezuela’s heating oil with a 40% discount.

So President Chavez is helping the American poor to cope with high-energy prices during winter, whereas President Bush hasn’t done anything to bring the oil price down.

W’s popularity is to get a hit while Chavez’s image in the States becomes the one of a Robin Hood.

And there is more. A similar deal is being cooked to sell cheap oil to low-income Bronx resident.

They recently published a survey in Guatemala measuring Bush’s popularity against Chavez’s in the Central American country. Bush won by a little edge. My guess is that if they do the same survey in Massachusetts Chavez would win the vote, and not exactly by a little edge.


At 5:03 PM, Blogger fpohl said...

Some of todays news:

Venezuela sent back a plane with US legislators including J. Hyde and a couple of Democrat senators after arriving at the airport.

It's a slap in the face,


Their elections are not secret either -- Parlament elections are this weekend and they had a fingerprint machine whose database is being used to match up the votes, making them not secret.

At 3:51 PM, Blogger Taylor Kirk said...

Chavez also sponsored a samba school for carnaval in Brazil. His PR team is in overdrive.


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