Uh, earth to Democrats. Chavez already DID bash Bush. And in doing so, showed far more guts and integrity than most of you spineless weasels ever have, given that you vote for torture and war, then pretend to oppose Bush.
Unlike Democratic “leadership,” Chavez genuinely stands for something, and is willing to fight for it too, certainly reasons why his stature and influence is steadily increasing in Latin America and the world. You Democrats might want to try that approach one day.