Monday, February 18, 2008

Oh good grief!

Will someone please just wake me up when this is over?

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And is this Mercer just trying to be funny and not succeeding at all, or is it actually a not-so-thinly veiled attempt at Liberal propaganda? (Mercer, Star, CP - bad combination)

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Tuesday Update: Greg Weston may have some insight on the inner machinations of the Liberal Party - Dion signals retreat:

...there is the army of Grits who would back Bob Rae as the party's next leader in the likely event the Liberals lose the election, and Dion walks the plank.

Rae is running for a seat in the March 17 byelections, contests that would be nixed if the Harper government were brought down before then.

Rae is a skilled parliamentarian, and there is no doubt his future leadership prospects would be enhanced by even a few months in the Commons.

This also helps to explain why some of the Grits who would support Michael Ignatieff for the leadership would not be distraught if the plug were pulled on the current Parliament, preferably yesterday.

From his early afflictions of foot-in-mouth, Ignatieff has evolved into a capable, popular politician, and is arguably his party's strongest performer in the Commons.

If an April election spawned a leadership race anytime soon, Iggy would be tough to beat.

When the Liberals who most want an election are those who most want to heave the leader and take over the party, it's little wonder Dion is taking his finger off the button.

So the Rae side wants to wait, while the Iggy side wants to go. The Dion side ('immediate family and delusional friends') seems to be in a constant state of flux.

No wonder, with so many barely-concealed knives.

Blogolitics - Then and now: Liberal Strategist Scott Reid.


Raphael Alexander said...

Hear, hear. Politics is dull as ditchwater lately.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

I can't take the 'shilly-shallying'.

Bruce Stewart said...

Isn't it amazing - in both stories, Dion is quoted as saying I was at the cabinet table, after I arrived in 1993.

Except that he didn't - he was appointed to the Cabinet in January 1996 and later ran in his riding in the by-election of late March 1996, as per Wikipedia's entry on Dion.

So ... St├ęphane ... at the table in 1993? Liar, liar, pants on fire!

As for Alexandre Robillard (Canadian Press reporter whose story was quoted by Joanne) shame on you for such sloppy fact-checking.

There just isn't any honesty left in either the Liberal Party or the mainstream media.

Anonymous said...

I thought it was pretty funny, especially that part at the end about the Canadian Press being trusted.
That really cracked me up.

West Coast Teddi said...

Aint over 'till the "fat lady sings" and in this case Deyawn can't hold a tune to PMSH. Bring on an election and give us a vote.

If "we" lose then so be it and I will "shut up".

If "we" win then let it be a majority so CANADA can get on with the job of creating prosperity for all.

hunter said...

Personally, I'm getting tired of all the committees working against the government.

From what I've heard on the ground, the Conservatives don't want an election, they just want to get some important bills passed. Count on the MSM to distort it into wanting an election. If they really had their ears to the pulse of this nation, they would not be talking election, but that doesn't sell papers.

Anonymous said...

Good point bruce...and how long til the CP takes resposibility for allowing the quote without challenging Dion.
And sooo...does this mean Dion is not listening to Papa Jean??

Anonymous said...

welcome to the lemming nation folks.

What's really funny is that I'm sure Mr. Dion thinks this is what passes for strategy.

Does he remind anyone else of the class crybaby?

Anonymous said...

snowday today right after Family Day.

thank-you global warming and Mr. Hot Air - Dalton McGuinty!!!

Anonymous said...

Weston certainly has described Iggy well...'performer'. I have tried to grasp any content in his purple piffle, with the smirk and the eyes blinking oh so rapidly for effect, or affect.
Empty puffin poo is all that comes out...but, hey, he tickles the lefty ears and the like of Weston.
And as bruce pointed out the media will not call the Libs on their lies and shallow rhetoric.

If the polls are any indication, I'm afraid for Canada...if that is an indication of the voters who are allowing the wool to be pulled over their eyes, and don't appreciate what PMSH is doing for Canada...we are doomed.


Anonymous said...

Speaking of media bias, I had no idea this was going on.

Platty said...

But Dion added that his party is ready to fight an election if the government falls on the budget

I'm sorry but, fight?, Dion?, hard to picture it.

Now, if he would have said, "We are ready to slap the big bad bullies".....


Joanne (True Blue) said...

Bruce, check out Wudrick's blog. Seems he agrees with you:

1) Dion seems to be engaging in some revisionism of his own personal history, claiming "I was at the cabinet table, after I arrived in 1993, and we had to try and control the deficit". 1993? Does Dion forget he was actually elected in a 1997 byelection as Chretien’s federalism specialist - and that by the time he arrived, the budget had already been balanced for the 1997-98 fiscal year by the now-unmentionable Paul Martin?