Having lost a national referendum to remove term limits on the office of the Presidency, Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez has decided to . . . well . . . hold a national referendum to remove term limits on the office of the Presidency.

The man is nothing if not determined. Of course, the determination is to remove all vestiges of democracy from Venezuela, but that is a trifling thing as far as Chavez is concerned.

Any normal human being would have taken the initial popular rejection as a massive vote of no confidence. Chavez took it as an invitation to try try again. Of course, he will now attempt even more brazenly than before to achieve his political ends by hook or by crook. International observers had better be prepared to call shenanigans on the referendum at the appropriate time. And one can rest assured that the appropriate time will come within short order.

Incidentally, just in the event that you may have forgotten, Hugo Chavez is one of the foreign leaders with whom Barack Obama said he would meet unconditionally.