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Thursday, July 06, 2006


Political humor of the day

In Nicaragua, one of the Presidential candidates, ex-Sandinista Herty Lewites, has just died of a heart attack, opening the possibility that ex-President Daniel Ortega will win the election, much to the consternation of the United States. Michael Shifter, a Nicaragua expert at the Inter-American Dialogue think tank in Washington, had this to say (I'll add emphasis to the punch line of the joke):
"An Ortega win at the ballot box in November would be a humiliating setback for the Bush administration. Unlike in other Latin American elections, where Washington has shown admirable neutrality, in Nicaragua it has not concealed its intense desire to keep Ortega from returning to power."

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