Party defections followed. Internal dissension showed some members rejected extremist platform issues. Reports suggest it's happening again. Four opposition National Assembly (AN) members left the party.
AN member Ricardo Sanchez said:
"We don't want to continue under the tutelage of a political leadership which behaves in an abusive and arbitrary manner."
"We don't want to continue being part of an organization controlled by small power groups that ally themselves to ensure their bureaucratic positions in the state."
Internal dissension bodes ill for party unity and electoral success. In contrast, Chavez reasserted key PSUV goals. They include greater means of production social ownership, enhanced workplace democracy, and prioritizing social justice.
In contrast, force-fed austerity dominates US politics. Fiscal cliff hype is about destroying social America, prioritizing war-making, maintaining generous corporate handouts, and benefitting super-rich elites at the expense of popular needs gone begging.
Neoliberal harshness works that way. Prioritizing wealth, power and imperial interests means depriving most people of vital social services. Unemployment, poverty, homelessness, hunger, and overall human misery are at record levels or close to them.
Bolivarianism is polar opposite. People needs are prioritized. Under Chavez, child mortality fell from 20 per 1,000 to 13. Unemployment dropped from 14.5% to 7.6%. Income inequality is Latin America's lowest. Poverty was cut in half. Extreme poverty fell from 23.4% to 8.5%.
Venezuelans value important benefits. They won't relinquish them easily. On December 16, Bolivarianism should emerge triumphant. PSUV candidates stand to gain. A November 9 Consultores VOP poll showed they hold strong leads in 11 states.
In 2008, PSUV candidates won 17 of 22 governorships. GIS XXI polling company head, Jesse Chacon, said voter preference shows they'll do better this time.
Hinterlaces polling company president, Oscal Schemel, said Chavistas have "a great opportunity in these regional elections."
"They are coming out of a strong and clear electoral triumph. That, evidently, sustains their enthusiasm, motivation, and the mobilization of their supporters."- Advertisement -
"The socialist candidates are employing an important campaign concept: efficiency, follow-through, and results. These are key ideas in such a short election campaign."
Datanalisis head, Luis Leon said "the majority of governors will stay in the hands of the Chavistas. The success of the opposition doesn't depend on the number of states that it wins, but rather on the importance of those states."