Whatever the outcome of tomorrow's elections in Venezuela, Hugo Chávez will emerge victorious. If his constitutional reforms are rejected by the electorate (that is, if he lets the Venezuelan people reject them), Chávez will be hailed as a "democrat" though his "reforms" were intended to establish a Communist dictatorship. If he prevails through fraud or chicanery, he will claim a mandate to take his country down the road of ultimate perdition, where it is already far advanced.
While George W. Bush committed the U.S. to wars of aggression on Araby's coast (ongoing or contemplated), he ignored the brush fire in America's backyard that has now grown into an uncontrollable conflagration. What Castro could never accomplish by himself, he has achieved with an assist from George Bush. I thought it impossible once but it is now entirely conceivable that this president will prove even more calamitous to this country's interests than did Jimmy Carter. And what lies in the wings gives us absolutely no hope: both parties have fielded their worst and most stupid, and, whatever the outcome of the U.S. presidential primaries or the 2008 elections, the bellman will toll the death of democracy in the Americas.
God save the people of Venezuela! God save Latin America! God save Cuba! And God save the United States!