I'm still smiling this morning. Here's why:
#10. Stéphane Dion is a worthy opponent for Stephen Harper. Anyone else would have been a cake-walk. Today's Sun Editorial warns the CPC not to underestimate M. Dion. This will work in favour of the Conservatives in the long run, because complacency and over-confidence are the enemies of a successful election campaign.
#9. Although Bob Rae had an abysmal record as the NDP Premier of Ontario, he might have garnered enough misguided support between Liberal Lemmings and soft NDP voters to win the next election. And that would have been the end of Canada's economy. In a word, whew!!
#8. Dion's anglais is worse than Harper's français. (but Chretien still is the champ of that contest).
#7. Western separation threats will not be diffused by Dion. This is good for the CPC because it allows Harper to pander to Quebec to a certain extent. Dion could never get away with that.
#6. Plus ça change, plus ça reste la même. Dion was there all the time under Chretien's and Martin's Regimes of Entitlement. So this is the Liberal Party starting fresh?
#5. The Star had endorsed Bob Rae and then Red Tory did too. (My glee requires no explanation if you are a regular reader here.)
#4. If Dion actually does become PM it would not necessarily be the end of the world ( ergo - Win-Win). The thought of a Harvard egghead trying to run Canada would have been a disaster; as would have dippy Bob Rae. Gerard Kennedy? Well maybe after he starts shaving.
#3. Unless Stéphane is talking about smog, the word "clarity" holds little significance anywhere west of Montreal.
#2. Stéphane Dion has nothing to be proud of regarding the fact that Greenhouse Gas Emissions went up 35% under his watch as Environment Minister. Therefore I fully expect David McGuinty to ask the following question in the H. of C. next time the Kyoto issue comes up: "Stéphane - What about your dog?"
And the Number One reason why I'm ecstatic that Stéphane Dion is the new Liberal leader:
Bush will have someone else to call "Steve"!