Hugo Chavez is Dead

And the world pretty much already doesn’t miss him.

Venezue­lan Pres­i­dent Hugo Chavez died Tues­day after­noon after a long bat­tle with can­cer, Vice Pres­i­dent Nico­las Maduro said.

Flanked by Cab­i­net min­is­ters, Maduro teared up as he announced the news in a national broadcast.

We must unite now more than ever,” he said, call­ing on Venezue­lans to remain peace­ful and respectful.

In the com­ing hours, Maduro said, plans for Chavez’s funeral would be announced.

Maduro said Chavez died Tues­day at 4:25 p.m. (3:55 p.m. ET). He did not spec­ify when elec­tions would be held, or who would run the coun­try in the meantime.

Our peo­ple can count on hav­ing a gov­ern­ment of men and women com­mit­ted to pro­tect­ing them,” Maduro said.

The announce­ment came hours after Maduro met with the country’s top polit­i­cal and mil­i­tary lead­ers about Chavez’s wors­en­ing health con­di­tion and sug­gested some­one may have delib­er­ately infected Chavez with cancer.

Infect­ing guy with can­cer, huh?  Yeah…not even the spy nov­el­ist say that tac­tic is doable by the CIA, and they tend to talk to a lot of covert types.

Lib­er­als are mak­ing real clowns of them­selves right now on cable news try­ing to say that Chavez wasn’t a despot, or a mur­derer, or a man who stole numer­ous elec­tions.  That we must focus on “the pos­i­tive legacies.”

Yeah…whatever the hell that means?

When­ever he had a prob­lem, Chavez wouldn’t take respon­si­bil­ity for it, he’d blame the United States.  Just today alone, the Venezue­lans expelled two Amer­i­can diplo­mats claim­ing they were spies.


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