Chavez today won the elimination of term limits handily by what is looking like a 7 point margin or so.
Of course, this is criticized roundly by the US Media as an autocrat seeking to become, “President for life.” When it comes to Chavez, we tend to ignore remarks like the following regarding the principle of term limits:
I’m generally not in favor of term limits… I believe in one form of term limits. They’re called elections.
Who said that? Why Obama himself.
It is interesting to see the way term limit strikedowns are handled in the US press when it comes to Venezuela in contrast to what we saw in 2005 in Colombia. Uribe won the opportunity to become “President for life,” but noone called it that in the US press. We think nothing of Michael Bloomberg, the Mayor of New York pushing for the elimitation of term limits in the mayoral race in New York, but criticize Chavez severely in the New York Times and Washington Post for doing the same thing.
The following article discusses this topic in depth and gives us a good look at term limits in relation to Venezuela, wiwth a discussion of Colombia and Uribe as well: