Do Dictators Lose Elections?

05/25/2011 12:20 pm ET

The Bushies have called Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez a dictator and a tyrant... but since when do dictators lose elections?

CARACAS, Venezuela, Monday, Dec. 3 -- Voters in this country narrowly defeated a proposed overhaul to the constitution in a contentious referendum over granting President Hugo Chávez sweeping new powers, the Election Commission announced early Monday.

[...] The outcome is a stunning development in a country where Mr. Chávez and his supporters control nearly all of the levers of power. Almost immediately after the results were broadcast on state television, Mr. Chávez conceded defeat, describing the results as a "photo finish."

"I congratulate my adversaries for this victory," he said. "For now, we could not do it."

Our close ally in the "war on terror," Pakistan's Pervez Musharraf, he's a dictator. Our good friend King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, now he's a tyrant. But Chávez congratulating his adversaries for winning an election? That's not a dictatorship... that's a functioning democracy.

Now if only Bush had accepted the will of the people as graciously as Chávez....

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