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Tuesday, November 7, 2006

More bad election news for Dubya and the GOP.

But not from today's US elections (although that may happen, too, if we're lucky).

No, this bad news comes from Central America, where one of the US right wing's favorite bogeymen is making his political comeback.


Daniel Ortega and Jimmy Carter

Daniel Ortega and Jimmy Carter after a meeting in Managua,
as election results show an apparent Sandinista victory. [Photo: Dario Lopez-Mills/AP]



According to the latest returns, Sandinista candidate Daniel Ortega is headed toward a first-round victory in Nicaragua's elections. Reuters reports that Ortega currently has over 38 percent of the vote, with 60 percent of the ballots counted. Ortega leads his nearest opponent by over 8 percent. To avoid a run-off election, Ortega needs to win at least 35 percent of the vote and beat his closest opponent by at least 5 points. Despite early White House spin claiming 'irregularities' in the polling, international observers (including those from the OAS and Carter Center) agree that Nicaragua's election was largely problem-free.

Ortega headed Nicaragua's leftist Sandinista government during the 1980s. That government was the target of a US-backed insurgency, and was much reviled by President Reagan and his administration. Many of those Reaganistas are now part of Dubya's regime.

If I were Daniel Ortega, I'd be very happy that Dubya's administration has its hands full dealing with Iraq right now.

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