Nicolás is for the birds

Pájaros e Ilegítimos

Caracas Chronicles

A few weeks ago, Nicolás Maduro said that Hugo Chávez appeared to him in the form of a bird to give him his blessing. The whole “bird” meme quickly went viral, and it’s fair to say it became a defining moment in the campaign.

But was it a blunder, or a stroke of genius?

Capriles advisor J.J. Rendón seems to think it was a blunder (see here, starting at the 14:15 mark, continuing in the second part of the interview). He saw it as a moment of honesty from Maduro, a follower of Sai Baba and a believer in reincarnation and/or the transmigration of souls (my apologies for not being well-versed in Indian neomysticism). His theory is that it puts Maduro in a different plane than mainstream Venezuelans, who simply saw this as nuts.

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