We've got Maduro claiming that Obama, the CIA and a bunch of Bush officials are plotting to kill Capriles. And we've got Capriles saying that Maduro is plotting to kill him.
1. Maduro is crazier than a family of Rhode Island rodents in a barrel of absinthe
2. He's plotting to bump off his opponent in the upcoming election and blame it on America
I don't really see an option 3 here and either one is rather worrisome. Either the leader of Venezuela is so crazy that he makes Chavez look sane... or he's afraid of losing the election and trying to create plausible deniability ahead of a future assassination.
Venezuela's acting president urged U.S. leader Barack Obama to stop what he called a plot by the Pentagon and the Central Intelligence Agency to kill his opposition rival and trigger a coup before an April 14 election.
Nicolas Maduro said the plan was to blame his opponent's murder on the OPEC nation's government and to "fill Venezuelans with hate" as they prepare to go to vote following the death of socialist leader Hugo Chavez.
"I call on President Obama - Roger Noriega, Otto Reich, officials at the Pentagon and at the CIA are behind a plan to assassinate the right-wing presidential candidate to create chaos," Maduro said in a TV interview broadcast on Sunday.
Maduro, who is Chavez's preferred successor, said the purpose of the plot was to set off a coup and that his information came from "a very good source."
In kicking off the opposition's campaign in the provinces on Saturday, Capriles said Maduro would be to blame if anything happened to him.
So we've got Maduro claiming that Obama, the CIA and a bunch of Bush officials are plotting to kill Capriles. And we've got Capriles directing the blame for any murder right back at Maduro.
The CIA hasn't been sending me my paycheck lately and I've lost control over most of my drone army, but I think it's fairly obvious who to believe here.
Even the Free Bradley Manning, CIA Drones are Killing All Our American Al Qaeda Freedom Fighters, WTC Steel Doesn't Melt types would have trouble believing that Capriles is being complicit in his own possible murder.
That leaves the possibility that Maduro is actually worse than Chavez.