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Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – It is difficult these days to read the newspapers and not have a sense that everything in Brazilian politics is topsy-turvy. Dilma and PT, the quintessential leftist party, ran on a blatantly populist platform (“I gave you handouts, so you vote for me”) and “won” the election.

How did PT win? Losing candidate Aécio Neves, in a moment of hyperbole, said he lost the election to a band of criminal racketeers . . .

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