There is an unconfirmed anecdote that when Spain’s Generalissimo Francisco Franco was on his deathbed within a hair’s breadth of expiring his aide came to him and said,
“Generalissimo, the people are in the central square. They have come to say their final goodbyes.”
Franco is said to have responded, “Why, where are they going?”
Today Venezuela is holding elections. I am neither a psychic nor a political analyst, but something tells me you don’t have to be either one to predict that Hugo Chavez will remain in power for quite a while to come, trying to do his best Franco impersonation in terms of longevity.