Unfortunately, the Venezuelan leader still holds onto office as president of Venezuela, but his neighbor Colombia has told him his services will no longer be needed as mediator between the Colombian government and narco-terrorists who hold hostages and want to exchange them for prisoners held by the government.
Investors Business Daily, which has had outstanding coverage of Venezuelan politics, has the story:
In theory, a mediator should persuade two sides to each give up something to achieve a common end. The only one who gave up anything, however, was Uribe, who watched Chavez cavort with terrorists before TV cameras, giving them a legitimacy in Caracas they never had known.
Even worse, Chavez proved to be acting as an agent of the terrorists. Uribe's sudden cutoff of the mediation effort at a hastily organized press conference last Wednesday suggested disturbing new information.
So now the dictator-wannabe is telling Colombians they need a new government. But IBD thinks he is instead getting into trouble at home.
Weekend polls showed that ever since the king of Spain publicly told him to "shut up" in Chile two weeks ago, support for Chavez's move to seize absolute power in Venezuela has fallen below 50%.
Student protests have engulfed Caracas and other towns in protest against his dictatorship. Chavez has denounced them as "rich spoiled brats." But in reality, they often are a pivotal political force, particularly since they include young people from Marxist and lower-class backgrounds.
Meanwhile, the shelves at food stores are empty and TV shows run by shuttered station RCTV have been canceled.
For Chavez, this could be a long, hard winter of discontent. Globally, he's become a laughingstock. He's fighting with Chile's socialist leader, Michelle Bachelet, over high oil prices while at home he is facing some of the strongest challenges yet to his iron rule.
To achieve absolute power, he likely will resort to coercion and political-machine tactics. Yet there's growing likelihood he won't be able to cheat his way out of defeat against a sizable margin.