John Kerry Finally Meets a Close Election He Wants to Recount

The other day, Hugo Chavez’ successor Nicolás Maduro beat opposition leader Henrique Capriles Radonski by 2% of the vote. In the days since, opposition figures have sown violence, claiming vote fraud.

Yesterday, Secretary of State Kerry encouraged a recount.

Mr. Kerry, in comments to a House committee, said, “We think there ought to be a recount.” He added that he had not yet evaluated whether Washington would recognize Mr. Maduro’s victory.

This, in spite of a leaked recording of a close Capriles advisor admitting that this result was a political triumph but an electoral defeat.

This, in spite of the fact that when Bush beat Kerry with precisely the same percentage of the vote in 2004 amid reports of (limited) electoral oddities, Kerry chose not to demand a recount.

On November 2, 2004, George W. Bush beat John Kerry 50.7 percent to 48.3 percent. Venezuela’s foreign minister immediately (either that night or the day after) recognized the results: “we will hope that in this second mandate we can improve our relations.”

Fast forward nine years, and Nicolás Maduro beats Henrique Capriles with 50.7% of the vote and the US refuses to recognize the result. “Look, we’re just not there yet,” said a State Department spokesman (who now works for—wait for it— John Kerry). “Obviously, we have nearly half the country that had a different view. And so we’ll continue to consult, but we’re not there yet.”

Most interesting of all is something James Clapper just said in a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing. In response to a question from Richard Blumenthal about whether there had been fraud in the election, Clapper said (my rough transcription):

There may have been some, but it’s unclear whether it was of sufficient magnitude to merit recount. Right now it doesn’t appear to be.

In other words, even the intelligence says, whatever fraud there was, it wasn’t enough to affect the outcome.

At this point, the Administration’s hesitation at recognizing Maduro and Kerry’s support for a recount do nothing but stoke violence.

Which I can only assume is the point.

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emptywheel @robertcaruso He also got his book approved by PRB. As Eric Holder says, it can't be classified if it's not true. @RadioFreeTom
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emptywheel @MonaHol Texture? Yick? Flavor? Definitely has its place. I wish it were more sour. Like me. Sour. @conor64
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emptywheel @MonaHol Had some of those That Other Things last night. They were lovely. @conor64
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emptywheel @MonaHol I fairly promiscuously love most good food. Except for oranges (but I like the flavor of orange). @conor64
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emptywheel @MonaHol I love them. Just skeptical of them w/anchovies, which I also love. @conor64
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emptywheel @Pachacutec_ But you knew that. @bmaz
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emptywheel @Pachacutec_ I've been trying to figure that out. Since he exonerated Kraft prolly not. (He especially likes the short men.) @bmaz
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emptywheel @conor64 It looked awesome until I realized that green stuff was avo and not dark green lettuce.
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emptywheel RT @MuckRock: The @FBI had trouble figuring out how many undercover agents it had sent to @_defcon_ http://t.co/BHCizT1g0h http://t.co/G7pp
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bmaz @SemiMooch @billmon1 All I can say is I was around progressive side of the party+blogosphere in 2007-2008, and I heard swat as to that crap.
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bmaz @SemiMooch @billmon1 Didn't notice that, but he sounds like a freaking quack. You had to be a fucking idiot to spew that in 2007-2008.
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emptywheel Reup: Ten Goodies USA F-ReDux Gives the Intelligence Community https://t.co/qPTso9MI1V
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