According to these comments Barack Obama, President Bush is responsible for the vacuum that lead to Hugo Chavez coming to power. Here is the relevant portion...
No wonder, then, that demagogues like Hugo Chavez have stepped into this vacuum. His predictable yet perilous mix of anti-American rhetoric, authoritarian government, and checkbook diplomacy offers the same false promise as the tried and failed ideologies of the past. But the United States is so alienated from the rest of the Americas that this stale vision has gone unchallenged, and has even made inroads from Bolivia to Nicaragua. And Chavez and his allies are not the only ones filling the vacuum. While the United States fails to address the changing realities in the Americas, others from Europe and Asia – notably China – have stepped up their own engagement. Iran has drawn closer to Venezuela, and just the other day Tehran and Caracas launched a joint bank with their windfall oil profits.
Of course, Chavez came to power in an election in 1998. I am reminded of the line by Tom Cruise' character in A Few Good Men
maybe if we work really hard, we can get Dawson (or in this case Bush) charged with the Kennedy assassination
I think if the Democrats work really hard soon they can get their followers at least to believe the Kennedy assassination is Bush's fault as well. I suppose that face to face meetings with Chavez and rejecting free trade deals with friends in the region like Colombia is the way to make sure that tyrants like Chavez don't come to power.