January 18, 2010, - 12:01 pm
Is it a positive omen for Scott Brown in Massachusetts? Over the weekend, conservative billionaire Sebastian Pinera won the Chilean Presidency in a rebuke of the far-left politics of its outgoing uber-liberal President Michelle Bachelet. It’s a stunning, yet singular, defeat for the South American left in power throughout.
Victoria!: Chile’s New Conservative El Presidente, Sebastian Pinera
Pinera’s election, yesterday, is important, notable, and historic because he’s the first freely-elected conservative elected in that country since the 1950s. It’s a welcome change to the far-left politics that has taken over South and Central America for the last decade, largely because the Bush Administration looked the other way and allowed Commies like Daniel Ortega to retake power through free elections and doing nothing when Iran-allied dictators like Hugo Chavez were “elected” in fraudulent, irregularity-marred elections in their countries.
I’ve followed what’s going on in Latin America (including here and here, among many other items I’ve written on it) because it is, after all, our own hemisphere and a little close to home. There’s a reason Ronald Reagan fought so hard to depose Ortega and his Palestinian training camps from atop Nicaragua.
Not paying attention is Michelle Fraudkin. I had a nice chuckle, this morning, when I was in the shower listening to Chicago’s WLS-AM morning show, and suddenly she came on to discuss the Scott Brown-Martha Coakley race, and was asked about the Pinera election in Chile. The ignorant Malkin responded with a long, “Um,” then an even longer silence as she tried to think of how to fake her uninformed, well-coached self out of this one. I haven’t heard that much dead air on the radio in a long time. Then, finally, as the radio show hosts listened, she had to respond, “Um, I’m not familiar with that.”
Sure, she isn’t, because FOX News talking points didn’t tell her about it, and there’s little independent examination on her own part of issues, positions, and info she isn’t fed to repeat rotely. The hosts, Don and Roma, made repeated excuses for her utter ignorance, even after she got off the air, including about how she’s several hours away in a different time zone. Nice try, guys, but she’s an hour away time-wise, and many months away in her gaping ignorance of the tremendous and important election race in Chile, which resulted in yesterday’s important Pinera victory. Keep that in mind the next time Fraudkin writes that one person or another needs a “cluebat.” Looks like someone needs a look in the mirror.
If you’re familiar with the name, Michelle Bachelet, it’s because every feminist and mainstream media outlet, including Oprah, was constantly pimping us on this “female President”–whose only qualification seemed to be her internal plumbing and gender biology–when Bachelet was running and got elected in 2005. They consistently gushed over her, despite her incompetence. Bachelet’s coalition of socialists and liberal “Christian Democrats” ruled Chile since Gen. Augusto Pinochet’s military rule ended in 1990.
Quick, Malkin . . . who is Pinochet? Sad for her, live radio isn’t conducive to googling when you’re ignorant and don’t have a clue while you’re on the air. Also sad for her, unlike when you’re on FOX News and you’re a FOX News contributor (as Sarah Palin is experiencing), morning radio shows don’t have the budget to send you talking points and coach you on what to say, as well as what the questions will be. (How long until Fraudkin pretends she’s the expert on this story she knew nothing about a few hours ago and posts about it on her site? 3-2-1 . . . .)
Anyway, it’s an important victory that, sadly, isn’t getting the notice it deserves. It’s really great to see Pinera elected, amidst the Chavezes and Ortegas and Evo Moraleses who are running the show in Latin America from the Marxist far left.
The conservative businessman, who won Sunday’s election by a 52-48 per cent margin over former President Eduardo Frei, vowed to appoint the “best, most prepared, most honest and most dedicated” people to help transform Chile “into the best country in the world.”
But Pinera’s long and rousing victory speech made no mention of foreign policy, and given his recent comments about Chile’s neighbours, he may find unity on a continent dominated by leftist governments very hard to achieve.
Pinera’s election victory Sunday night ends two decades of uninterrupted rule by a centre-left coalition, and returns to power the same political parties that provided civic support for Augusto Pinochet’s brutal 1973-1990 dictatorship.
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