Chavez and Gaddafi’s Tent

A headline you don’t see everyday (via the BBC):    Venezuela’s Chavez to move into Gaddafi tent

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says he is going to govern temporarily from a tent so that families made homeless by recent floods can take refuge in his office.

Mr Chavez said he would have a Bedouin tent given to him by the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi put up in the garden of the presidential palace.

Four thoughts:

1.   These rains have been causing real and serious problems in the region.

2.  This is a great example of Chávez’s penchant for political showmanship.

3.  Might not the tent actually have more space than the office?

4.  I would be more impressed if he opened up his house.

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Steven L. Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter