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 @outofideas4anam I'd say the 6' fence would prevent them from competing w/anything OUTSIDE the fence. But I thought that abt the egress too.
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bmaz @KenGude @gregorydjohnsen @steve_vladeck @joshgerstein Agree with that. But the discussion has been being had what they would ideally like.
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JimWhiteGNV RT @SIGARHQ: Concerned that US-purchased weapons could be obtained by insurgents & pose risk to Afghans http://t.co/uSsixEHp6P
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emptywheel @billmon1 Which is when the kids would run away from home and join a punk band if only Rafah were open.
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emptywheel RT @NYCLU: New Yorkers in NYC can use our app 'Stop & Frisk Watch' to record & report NYPD interactions w/public: http://t.co/6IGGcLcU3k
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JimWhiteGNV RT @kevinjonheller: @Siun @JimWhiteGNV Come on. Who are you going to trust — the eyes of an @NBCNews reporter or the #IDF’s PR unit? #GazaU
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emptywheel @billmon1 Also, scary Aunt Liz and Grandpa Dick are due any moment to start screaming at Mom for weakening Israe-- Um, America.
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emptywheel @billmon1 Sort of has a "when your father gets home" feel to things.
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bmaz RT @mattapuzzo: @robertcaruso either way represents very broad reading of law enforcement privilege
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emptywheel @KanysLupin They've taken over my egress window--hope the firemen don't mind stepping on strawberries. But they've escaped now.
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emptywheel @JimWhiteGNV Well, we're still at the initial, 10 pod stage. And there's plenty of space there.
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