…if Chávez wins [the Venezuelan election] on Dec. 3, he ought to devote his six-year term to solving the great recurring problem of
Globe Editorial, “Getting Past Oil’s Ideology”, April 28, 2006
Many Venezuelans are far poorer than the Americans who will benefit from the discounted [Venezuelan] oil. A case can be made that Chavez should help his own countrymen first. Americans, however, are major consumers of Venezuelan oil. It's appropriate for Chavez to offer discounts as an informal rebate to the customers who are most affected by high prices.
These two prescriptions seem contradictory and impossible to reconcile as consistent with a single set of first principles. However the September Globe editorial was printed after the recent UN tirade by Venezuelan President Chavez embarrassed congressional Democrats, while the April editorial defended a local (and Chavez-friendly) Democratic Congressman for accepting Venezuelan oil at deep discount as a favor from Chavez.
If one’s sole first principle is: “Defend the Democratic Party at all costs against all enemies; foreign, domestic, and imagined.", then these two statements are quite consistent.