Democrat leaders are pissing themselves trying to gain distance from Chavez's comments. Nancy Pelosi called Chavez "A Thug" today. Congressman Charles Rangel told him publicly to shut up.
Its not really a question of if Chavez is right, or should have said what he said, it's a question of how bad his remarks have backfired. My neighbor who is a retired blue collar democrat and has never voted republican and never had a kind word for Bush told me today that he thought Chavez has united Republicans with his comments. He said even he is considering never buying CITCO gas again, and heard various radio shows talking about a boycott. He will still vote democrat as always, but he feels the momentum was lost this week.
Being in his seventies he has an old fashion way of looking at things, and he said that he found Chavez to be clownish and rude without any decency or manners.
Personally I just worried that Chavez'z comments may have cost the democrats the house and senate this fall.
Bush may end up sending Chavez a dozen red roses the Wendnesday after the election.