Chávez chose the image with which to describe himself. I wonder if subconsciously he chose it to describe what he has done to Venezuela, rising on the rhetoric of eight-hour long speeches (like his mentor Fidel) and feeding on carcasses of those whose property he has expropriated (also like Fidel).
The October election is an opportunity for the Venezuelan people to change the bird that leads it. Perhaps it would do better with a hummingbird at the helm. At least it can flap its wings and not depend upon death to feed itself. And unlike the condor Chávez, it would decorate the landscape with its beauty—the hallmark of human rights.