Hold the Hit Squad, Pat

At least one electorate in the Western Hemisphere is showing some common sense, namely Venezeula’s as Hugh Chavez loses constitutional vote:

Opposition activists were ecstatic as the results were announced shortly after midnight – with 88 percent of the vote counted, the trend was declared irreversible by elections council chief Tibisay Lucena.

Some shed tears. Others began chanting: "And now he’s going away!"

Without the overhaul, Chavez will be barred from running again in 2012.

The vote was 51-49%.  But consider the fraud that was doubtless in the process…

Hopefully the voters in the U.S. will exercise the same common sense in the next twelve months.

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