Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Polls released yesterday show that, in elections for President of Brazil, in the first round, against all comers, the winner would be former President Lula. Then they show that in the second round, he would lose to Marina Silva. As a foreigner, who can’t vote, the Curmudgeon is unable to affect this potential disaster, except by trying to remind his readers who these people are.

Let’s start with the easier target:

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