Despite leading in the polls, despite having the support of a much stronger party organization in 2014, despite running a much more disciplined and politically moderate campaign and despite the sympathy of Brazilians mourning Campos, Silva failed.
Before Campos's death, the conventional wisdom was that the race would tighten, but that Rousseff and Neves would ultimately face off in a October 24 runoff. Silva's candidacy, however, would upend that conventional wisdom.
Former senator Marina Silva's unexpected decision to join the Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB) and position herself as running mate of governor Eduardo Campos of Pernambuco, president of the PSB, in next year's presidential race, has forced campaign strategists back to the drawing board.
It seems that the Snowden saga may exert a profound impact upon diplomatic relations at the global level. In yet another bombshell, Snowden disclosed sensitive NSA files relating to Brazil. Despite outrage, however, reaction within the Rousseff administration has been decidedly muted.
Brazilian financial institutions are technically prohibited from financing corporations operating in unstable markets. As a result, Brazilian firms don't receive nearly as much support as their Chinese counterparts. So, who is succeeding in the battle for public relations?
The unprecedented worldwide response to the death of President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela, and especially in the Western Hemisphere, has brought into stark relief the "multi-polar" world that Chávez fought for.
In an age when media reports are filled with despised dictators and deposed despots, Brazil's former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva is a breath of fresh air. He is that elusive, once-in-a-lifetime popular (in every sense of the word) politician.
In an effort to stay on the good side of most all countries, Brazil is reluctant to offend those nations in its immediate neighborhood. WikiLeaks documents suggest that, for now, Brazil and the U.S. are somewhat ambiguous diplomatic partners.