January 18, 2010, - 12:01 pm

Tired of Lefty Oprah Chick, Chile Elects 1st Conservative Since ’50s! (Fraudkin’s Ignorance)

By Debbie Schlussel

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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15 Responses

Was she on with Don and Roma or Mancow? I would think Mancow would know better, but then again…

C: Don & Roma DS

cirrus1701 on January 18, 2010 at 12:12 pm

Let us hope he maintains the centrist principles he ran on. One of the reasons for the uninterrupted string of left leaning Presidents is the memory of the bloodthirsty Pinochet. This election will hopefully put that to rest and capitalism and opportunity be allowed to expand. Chile, primarily because of the adoption of fiscal governance principles contracted and developed specifically for it by Milton Friedman, has been a shining light of fiscal stability in South America. And this has allowed political stability. But it has some real problems. I think the most serious is lack of decent schools. The last President failed miserably in this regard although her entire platform seemed to be education and transportation. Chile should really should seek the help of the Catholic church, American institutions, and private individuals is trying to create decent Universities and high schools. The practice of wealthy individuals endowing schools is virtually unknown outside America and Canada. So the entire burden falls on the government, with many unable to afford basic school supplies.

pat on January 18, 2010 at 12:22 pm

Another good sign was last year’s election of a conservative, Ricardo Martinelli, in Panama for a five year term. Hopefully, some people in Latin America are starting to wake up.

JM on January 18, 2010 at 12:42 pm

And hopefully people here will wake up tomorrow. Do we really want to join Old Europe and Latin America in terminal decline? The Massachusetts election will help to settle that question.

NormanF on January 18, 2010 at 12:55 pm

Debbie, some things…

1) Did you listen online or did the signal come in on the skywave? WLS is a 50,000-watt clear channel station. Sometimes it comes in at night 10 khz higher than WCBS 880.

2) If I may say…!VIVA CHILE!

3) Malkin is a Filipino NEOCON FOOL!

BP: Over the radio airwaves. Her ethnicity has nothing to do with it. DS

Bob Porrazzo on January 18, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    Well, Malkin is still a neocon. And that I think is pretty bad. Thanks for setting me straight about that.

    BP: FYI, many people would call me a neocon, and it is often used–by Pat Buchanan and other Jew-haters–as an anti-Semitic slur and negative code-word for Jew. I don’t see myself, though, as a “neocon,” just a conservative, period. DS

    Bob Porrazzo on January 18, 2010 at 2:01 pm

One more thing…


Bob Porrazzo on January 18, 2010 at 1:07 pm

You can get WLS online & it is now available on I Phone as well. Just go to App Store & download for free.

Yes, a big gain in Chile. All the more significant because virtually no civilized leader actually gave Pinera significant support; the leftists get all kinds of publicity, borrowed staff, etc. from the liberals, and the conservatives, or, more precisely, non-ultra-liberals get nothing. Still Pinera won.

Latin America has great strategic importance to the U.S. Before WW II the Germans tried to establish all kinds of beachheads on South America, and that issue was a major concern of Roosevelt’s. Shows how far we have descended in the last 65-70 years. Now, neither the Republicans or Democrats care very much.

Little Al on January 18, 2010 at 1:35 pm

“One of the reasons for the uninterrupted string of left leaning Presidents is the memory of the bloodthirsty Pinochet.”

Plausible, but the memories of bloodthirsty leftists never seem to cause voters to vote into power for decades rightist parties. Should we look forward to a free Cuba governed by republicans for 100 years to offset Castro?

tehag on January 18, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    General Pinochet was not all the bloodthirsty. He peacefully surrendered power in 1988 after losing a referendum on his continued rule. There was no general uprising against him. It is hard to imagine Hugo Chavez doing that, much less Fidel or Raul Castro. Also, bear in mind that President Salvador Allende was an orthdox Marxist who was doing what Marxists were wont to do. He won a plurality of 36.2% of the vote in 1970, which was hardly a mandate. By 1972, Chile was suffering from a 140% inflation rate and many other problems associated with nationalizations, etc. It is always important to look at situations personally before accepting the left’s word on a subject. Allende’s fall was a bitter pill for the left to swallow in 1973. Finally, Pinochet was the one behind the free market reforms implemented in Chile after 1975.

    Pinochet was not an angel and he loved holding on to power far too much, but he really does not come up to the execution standards of even a Fidel Castro.

    Worry01 on January 19, 2010 at 6:49 am

OK I don’t know what is really going on in Chile as well. However, it is good news that a Conservative can claim a victory. South and Central America still has its issues with colonization that still haven’t been resolved. America went through its liberation and MLK had much to do to make sure equal opportunity is achievable in the U.S.
One good thing for America, South America and Central America have no sizable Muslim population. 🙂

CaliforniaScreaming on January 18, 2010 at 8:39 pm

Malkin’s “Um, I’m not familiar with that.” is sign of honesty, not a fraud.

SC: Honesty involves telling the truth immediately, not saying Um, then thinking for a long time how to BS your way out and pretend you know, then finally admitting it when you realize you haven’t a clue. Nope. It’s a sign of incompetence and ignorance. Yup, she’s a fraud in so many ways. DS

SpicaChang on January 19, 2010 at 5:50 am

    Michelle Malkin has been a political pundit for years, and has had opinions on many issues both foreign and domestic. She could have gleaned the necessary information from recent newspaper articles, if nothing else. Finally, the main point that Debbie was trying to make was that Malkin is really quite uninformed on this issue, which is quite important for the United States. Central and Latin America have been moving leftward since the 90’s with few exceptions. Chile’s election of a genuinely conservative leader is really a big event and a hopeful sign. The United States has taken everything south of its border as a matter of little concern since the fall of the Soviet Union. This was and is a big mistake. Russia, China, and even Iran are moving into this void very quickly, especially in Venezuela. Also, countries deeply aligned with Venezuela include Bolivia, Equador, and Aregentina. Other countries such as Paraquay and Brazil are very friendly with good old Hugo Chavez as well. Chile may be a sign that the tide is turning.

    Worry01 on January 19, 2010 at 7:14 am

Michelle Malkin frequently comes up short. This is not the first time, nor quite probably the last.

Worry01 on January 19, 2010 at 6:19 am

Yes, yes, yes, sick of Oprah Chick, only she’s NO Chick. More like a greedy mfhen, excuse me.
You know sometimes my key board types extra letters and when they fit I leave them! LOL

carolyne on January 19, 2010 at 8:55 am

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