Chavismo Is Over.
It is highly unlikely that anyone will emerge in Venezuela who can continue the socialist revolution with the flair and bombast of Hugo Chavéz. His frequently abrasive, and occasionally farcical, performance as president won him a popular following that simply cannot be institutionalized or readily transferred—even to a handpicked successor. Largely through the force of his own personality, Chavéz managed to create and enact a policy agenda on behalf of Venezuela’s most vulnerable. But regardless of whether or not Nicolás Maduro wins the upcoming presidential election, Chavéz is gone, and with him goes Chavismo and the so-called “Bolivarian Revolution” he embodied.