Saturday, December 05, 2009

What I learned about the Bolivian elections

BBC: "President Morales" easily crushed his adversary in the ring

Tomorrow is election day in Bolivia and everyone knows that Evo Morales and his MAS party are going to win big time, oh yeah. But how should we understand such political success? Let's consult our trusty English language press sources to find out, fun after the jump!:



  • According to BBC correspondent Andres Schipani wrestling matches qualify for investigative journalism on the Bolivian elections. Hey BBC, if you guys pay me instead I will give you the low down on some way kinkier night "wrestling" matches going on in La Paz and call it journalism, wink.
  • Jim Schultz clears up any confusion out there by explaining that the Bolivian election is not about "issues"... just those outlined by his unpaid(?) assistant in the remainder of the post... like, I don't know, applying that New fucking Constitution.
  • Angus Reid Global Monitor: The only measure of a democratic society is whether political candidates exchange prepared remarks on TV for 90 minutes. No wonder the United States is the leader of the free world.
  • Wall Street Journal: Eduardo Gamarra thinks Morales is responsible for the lack of credibility worthless neoliberal hacks like himself retain.
  • Annie Murphy at NPR points out that maybe programs like universal maternal healthcare has something to do with Morales' popularity. Silly hippies.
  • Some towel heads say the majority of Bolivians support Morales because he brings them "dignity after years of exclusion and discrimination." Or what Frank Bajak of the AP called "dismantling the last vestiges of oppression that U.N. investigators in May described as 'forced labor and servitude.'" Yawn.
  • Update: Simon Romero and Andres Schapini (birds of a feather flock together) team up to tell us that Morales is popular, running a booming economy, addressing social injustice and discrimination, but a authoritarian bad guy none the less because a bunch of worn out and discredited political hacks from former governments say so. What would we ever do without the New York Times?

24 comments:

Utpal said...

Was Joel Brinkley some kind of journalist at one time?

Bina said...

"The opposition’s campaign lacks volunteers and is poorly funded while the government has thrown many resources behind the MAS campaign."

Spent all the money on foreign mercenaries--er, "volunteers", and now they don't have enough left in the coffers at the Toborochi Lodge for a real campaign, in a real election, which they're now losing for real? Boo fucking hoo. Guess that's what comes of buying high-powered rifles with fancy scopes instead of formulating a fresh platform...NOT based on balkanizing your own country.

BTW, I just love how the Irish Times couldn't be bothered to send anyone to La Paz, or Santa Cruz, to talk to anyone--just let their flunkie in São Paulo do it all by phone. And of course, he dutifully complies, printing stupid allegations from the oppos with no proof whatsoever. Anything to make those foreign assholes look innocent.

Evo terrorist! Evo set us up! We powerless! Boogaboogabooga! Evil Injun hates white people!

(Including his own veep? Yow!)

Booogaboogabooga!!! Evil crazy Injun terrorist!

(Really looking forward to seeing them produce concrete proof that Evo somehow paid those mercenaries off to make asses of themselves and then get killed. Save the receipts, fellas, you're gonna need 'em...)

Otto Rock said...

Eduardo Gamarra is such an EpicFail it's now actively funny to see him quoted.

Bina said...

Also hilarious: Evo only won because he's an Injun. That kind of throws into doubt all those white guys before him, particularly Goni the Gringo.

Certainly makes me wonder why that OTHER Injun running for prez, the one Evo's supporters got so mad at that they tried to occupy his big fancy house with him in it, isn't polling higher. Funny dat.

But we won't get into that, will we, Mr. oh-so-white Irish Times Reporter?

Utpal said...

This is all FDR redux ... if you go back and look at the rightwing complaints at the time, they are identical ... and that's before the Japanese internment business, where they might have had a point, but which they all supported.

Dave Semple said...

Typical Western media BS. Good job in pointing it out.

Utpal said...

Is Rosemary boinking Andres?

Bina said...

Sure sounds that way.

BTW, Duderino...you gonna be liveblogging the fun and frivolity today? Please say yes... (bounces up and down)

Bina said...

Hilarious headline du jour:

Evo Morales on course for crushing election win

"Crushing"???

Utpal said...

The exit polls say 62%. I am expecting 65+, given the urban bias in these polls.

Utpal said...

Okay, so Reyes Villa says he ain't gonna leave if he loses. Can we believe him?

Bina said...

Let's put it this way: If he said the sun was shining, I'd stick my head out the window before I believed him.

mattheil said...

O yeah, the Irish Times is a hit ... there was a guy TOM HENNIGAN who only wrote shenanigans ...

Utpal said...

wtf?!?!?!
Someone needs to find a way to stop this kinda spam.

Bina said...

Oo, let's write limericks about the Irish Times:

There once was this journo named Hennigan
Who pulled quite a nasty shenanigan.
When Evo went squarely
And won the vote fairly,
Tom dove for the shit in the can again.

Do ya like it?

Utpal said...

Yes! yes!

(I like "dove" in particular :)

Bina said...

Corny Smacks haz teh crazee:

http://mack.house.gov/index.cfm?p=PressReleases&ContentRecord_id=d65c9a30-bd0a-4c3d-89e7-76e10443ef34

But then, we already knew that about ol' Fake Bake.

Anonymous said...

I know one more decision

Anonymous said...

Unwritten dialogue in this blog:
_ Theodoro Obiang Ngema is more democratic than Evo Morales: he got 94% of the vote when reelected, Evo just 63%...
_ Evo is certain to do it better. While Obiang has an experience of more than 30 years, Evo just 4!
_ Yeah! And he has learned how to smash and chase the opposition...
_ We will keep helping him by labeling them as secesionists, oligarchs, neoliberals... ha ha ha!

Bina said...

Anonymous, you have one hell of an imagination. Also a taste for racist non-sequiturs, linking Evo to a totally unrelated African leader (presumably because all those dark people are the same--they all hate white people, at least in your fertile imagination). Is that why you're afraid to sign your name?

Anonymous said...

Ha ha ha! No... I just want to write my ideas so you can focus on the message instead on the messenger, but that seems too much for you.
The point was... elections and voting are part of democracy, and often, a small part of it. Can you make an effort and think what else is needed for a leader to be a democrat?

El Duderino said...

Anon,
Winning 63% in fair and free elections does say something about a population's approval of policies. Part of those policies of which you seem ignorant is the deepening of community and popular participation in government policies and the spending of public funds, it is called social control and autonomy.

The right-wing opposition are neoliberals, secessionists, and fascists. That's what they call themselves.

Anonymous said...

Oh... yes... Ahmadinejad says the same, claiming electoral votes supoprt his policies. And Hitler justified his policies almost in the same way. The point is not if you get or not the votes and support, the point is what you do with them and to what extent respecting the long term development of democracy (something more than voting, remember?).

El Duderino said...

Hence why you did not respond to the rest of my response.