Gotta love how the left is trying to spin Venezuela into some kind of Socialist utopia.

Via NRO:

Following news of Hugo Chávez’s death, Washington Post columnist and editor Eugene Robinson was quick to give praise the Venezuelan president and his time in office on The Rachel Maddow Show last night. Robinson kicked off his brief tribute by describing Chávez as “sui generis,” “charismatic,” and “very smart,” but he didn’t stop there.  […]

Later on, Robinson said the country had improved over Chávez’s presidency, saying that the slums had been “just horrible places, violent places” before he was elected — yet Venezuela is currently the most violent South American nation, and has the world’s fourth-highest murder rate. Lastly, Chávez also gave Venezuela’s poor “hope,” he said, even though he left the country with high inflation, food shortages, and fears of political turmoil.

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