One of my proudest contributions to the blogosphere has to be the time I took an idea from a book P. J. O’Rourke wrote almost 20 years ago, dusted it off, and applied it to more contemporary issues. It was no great magnum opus, but it catalyzed something in the mind of another blogger, one much younger, much better educated, and much more devoted to the topic than I — a guy named Will Franklin.
Will initially tossed the notion in a longer posting, about the blogosphere in general, but he knew he was on to something bigger. Much bigger. And from those humble roots grew a magnum opus, a legend among the blogosphere, The Babe Theory Of Political Movements.
Whether beautiful women are drawn to successful political movements, or political movements are driven to success by beautiful women, is a “chicken or the egg” argument worthy of the ages. But there is certainly enough anecdotal evidence to seriously challenge the “post hoc ergo propter hoc” fallacy. When one side of a political dispute has a serious babe-vantage over the other, victory is pretty much in their hands.
Publius Pundit has been providing superb documentation of the anti-Chavez movement in Venezuela — more specifically, the movement against some of Chavez’ more thuggish actions. And in his latest, the shutting down of a very popular television network, he’s angered the most dangerous segment of the Venezuelan people — the babes.
If history is any indicator, Hugo better have a division of the Swedish Bikini Team or beach volleyball players or something up his sleeve — or he’s toast.
And it couldn’t happen to a more deserving guy.