The whole recall vote was ill thought.
The country was already sourly divided by chavistas and antichavistas. Now the gap is deeper.
The opposition -as often happens with conservatives in Latin America- was too confident. The chavista brigades used all sorts of methods, from blatant propaganda to stirring the fears of "social losses", in order to bring their people into the polling booths.
Now the opposition says the recall vote was rigged.
You bet it was. You bet they will have a very hard time proving it.
This has become a move towards a plebiscitary government.
A dangerous move.
The opposition threw a boomerang, did not catch the prey, and got hit back by it.
I guess it's time for more populism in Latin America.