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Mr. Zelaya, the Bus, and Elections

Manuel Zelaya is peeved. The deal to restore him to the presidency is no deal at all. This report explains that while the Obami told him there would be a vote on his reinstatement, those voting aren’t interested in scheduling the vote:

U.S. officials had hoped that Honduras’s Congress would reinstate Mr. Zelaya until his term ends in January in order to secure widespread international recognition for the election. But as days passed, it became clear Honduras’ Congress was in no mood for a quick return of the controversial leader. It put off a vote and said it would wait for decisions on the legality of Mr. Zelaya’s restitution from the country’s Supreme Court and other institutions. … If Mr. Zelaya’s return does come to a vote in Congress, he is likely to lose. He would be facing the same legislators who on June 28 voted overwhelmingly to replace him.

Zelaya might see Van Jones or the other discarded and inconvenient lunatics previously tossed under the Obama bus. Perhaps he was not the strongman Obama thought he was.

There is, it seems, a problem with elections for the Obami. They don’t object very strenuously to the rigged and stolen ones (Iran), and they have a very hard time accepting the fair and open ones (Honduras). They don’t like the ones resulting in leaders who don’t knuckle under to American persuasion (Israel). But they care a whole lot about Fiji. Yeah, Fiji.

Maybe Chicago pols have issues with elections, but they might do well to follow some basic rules. First, if it is a democracy with a free and vigorous media, butt out. Second, when an election is a fraud run by despots, don’t bestow legitimacy on it. Is it really so hard?



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