So long as we’re looking for examples of presumptive oppo primary contestants on the stump, I thought it only fair to give Zulia Gobernor Pablo Pérez his chance in the form – admittedly – of a two year old clip:
The body language, the shouty grandiloquence, the arrechito declamatory style…you can put whatever three letters you want after his name, but Pablo Pérez is an adeco. A genetic adeco. If you’re not Venezuelan, I can’t explain it to you. If you are Venezuelan, there’s no need to explain it to you. It’s a tribal thing.
PP is also a kind of walking, talking demonstration that dinosaurity has precious little to do with chronological age, and everything to do with a gut level understanding of what it means to do politics. The empty, shouty speeches in public running in parallel tracks alongside real, elite-accommodating power politics in private, with a total disconnect between the two.
The huge ringing alarm bells that go off for me when I hear this rhetorical style are all gut level, so it’s hard for me to play the impartial analyst here. It’s a way of speaking that renders its content almost moot: the style carries its own message, one more immediate and more direct than the one the words carry.
I always took it for granted that if there was anything Venezuelans were reacting viscerally against when they voted for Chávez, it was this way of doing politics. Veremos…