Well not exactly, but this kind of irony is what happens when you try to make sense of baited Hugo Chávez logic.

“Whoever votes ‘Yes’ is voting for Chávez, and whoever votes ‘No’ is voting for George W. Bush, president of the United States,” Chávez told supporters at a huge pro-government rally in Caracas on Friday.
(The Washington Post, December 3, 2007)

It is fairly evident from polls and the like that the United States is not the most popular nation on the world scene these days and neither is our president. But even given the US’s and more so George W. Bush’s unpopularity the people of Venezuela choose the big, bad, mean United States over a president for life who is empowered to appoint governors and control the Central Bank.

Since 51 percent of voters in Venezuela’s Sunday election voted to defeat Chávez’s 69 constitutional “reforms”, does that mean that a higher percentage of the Venezuelan people support George W. Bush than folks here in the United States. That just goes to show that Chávez ‘s logic and rhetoric is a bit skewed. As the article notes, it could very well be that this kind of erratic behavior is doing him no favors. Or it could be that the people of Venezuela are smart enough to know, that while not perfect, a democracy with checks and balances on the powers of its leaders is still the best kind of government going on the planet.

Kudos to Venezuelan voters for going to the polls and making their voices heard.