Last Tuesday, I condemned Pat Robertson for his calling for the assassination of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez. A lot of other people started talking, too.
It looks like Ol’ Pat (what IS it about that name? Him AND Pat Buchanan, both assholes) got himself in a bit of hot water, but on the other hand, it looks like he might have done some good, after all.
A lot of people are starting to talk about Hugo Chavez, and I’ve learned (or re-learned) quite a bit about the President For Life Wannabe. He has pretty much been re-writing the laws and the Constitution to suit himself, packed the Supreme Court with compliant cronies, and is cozying up to Fidel Castro while talking about the Latin American Greater Co-Prosperity Sphere. And he’s been rallying support by villianizing the United States, even (as Robertson noted) accusing the US of trying to assassinate him.
Hell, you know he’s bad when even Human Rights Watch has two full pages on Venezuela.
So, I’m having to modify my opinion of Pat Robertson. While I still think he’s an asshole, under the “even a broken clock is right twice a day” theory, I think he’s done a service by drawing attention to the issue. I think we might have a candidate for a useful idiot on the right.
Regardless, I still think his medications need adjusting. Or just finally put out to pasture.