I personally don't like radical leftism or radical change of any sort, but I can see how people who are fed up with poverty and inequality could get excited about quicker redistributive efforts, particularly in the face of the reactionary props that preceded some of these leftists.
But if you're going to have a warm glow for a down-to-business South American leftist, why this man?
I've been amazed at some of the positive reactions I've seen. It's like the admirers of Castro. If these guys had stopped their heavy handedness after throwing out prior reactionary governments, that would be one thing. Revolutions aren't always pretty. But they didn't stop there.
Get excited about Lula or someone like that if you feel the need to have a warm glow for a leftist. That guy actually left office and (as far as I'm aware) didn't repress the media or violate the rule of law while he was shaking things up.
What possesses a person to celebrate a guy like Chavez?