An interesting/depressing side note to the last post I forgot to mention. After Lugo left the local press swarmed me to ask why Americans are interested in Lugo. I said he was a compelling character and Americans are interested in a more lefty South America. I was then asked how Americans feel about supporting past regimes who persecuted South American liberals. I said most Americans don't know about it, but those who do are embarrassed. I hope I am correct.
Edit (8/20/07): seems both the major papers ran a story on my interviews with Lugo (no permalink, but for now they are here and here). They both quoted my suggestion that Lugo doesn't have an air of corruption. There is a genuine thirst for more political transparency here so I'm happy they lead with that.