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Festive Left Friday Blogging: LL Cool E

So, they hate Evo in Santa Cruz, do they?

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Funny, but these very un-indigenous ladies haven't gotten the message from Branko & Co. Or maybe they're just so happy that the president of their land showed up in person to inaugurate a new, and much needed, bridge. Whatevah. Evo's golden there, and that's all you need to take home from this.

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Ya know, IncaKulo showed this once: there's a small but significant part of the Santa Cruz population that likes both Evo and the local boss. Just as there is a significant part of the electorate of Zulia that likes both Chavez as prez and Rosales as gov. Go figure :)

I find it amazing that anyone could harbor such contradictions, but then again, maybe their jobs depend on kissing ass with the local winger-nutter, so maybe it's not so wacky after all.

On a more interesting note, though, there's a scene in the documentary, Cocalero, where Evo gives a speech at a campaign dinner at a fancy hotel in Santa Cruz. The room is full of white faces, very few brown ones (and those, I'm sure, were Evo's own crew guys.) And the people, middle-class business types, all are sincerely eager to get their pictures taken with Evo, and one is even heard saying he likes Evo's ideology and plans to vote for him. It's amazing to watch. I doubt any of them would hold much brook for Branko. Especially since the latter is one of those corrupt types who take bribes and kickbacks from business. A major point of interest for the businesspeople who support Evo is that he refuses to take a nickel from them--a real bombshell considering what the old politics are!

I wouldn't mind that kind of greeting myself. True it is the old struggle of criollo masters vs. indigenas, but I think at the end of the day a shared sense of history and nation wins out. At least I hope it does.