As promised, in the wake of the wanton and desperate spinning on Kinsella’s Blog, I thought that periodically I might offer, free of charge, a translation of said blog for the Kinsella impaired (i.e. those who aren’t Liberals).
So, yesterday Warren woke up to find that the following had appeared in the Hill Times:
“He’s [Ignatieff] put absolutely nothing on the table. It’s just empty rhetoric,” a top Liberal who supported Mr. Ignatieff (Etobicoke-Lakeshore, Ont.) in both of his leadership campaigns told The Hill Times last week. “It’s not enough to say, ‘That in good times we’re going to bring forward the progress…’ If he goes into an election and doesn’t really have anything substantive to put on the table, we’re looking at a massacre.”
Although, this appears to be one of the most sensible and indisputable statements regarding Ignatieff’s tenure so far, Warren was not too happy. Predictably Warren saw this as an unwarranted attacked, a betrayal etc., as if even a wisp of criticism of “Michael”
will be tolerated by Kinsella. More predictably still was Kinsella’s reaction. He responds with intimidation and threatens to hunt down this Liberal mole and put that mole out of his/her misery. He writes: “I intend to find out who you are, little Hill Times source weasel, and I intend to take a chainsaw to your political ambitions, however modest they may be.”
No need to counterspin the unveiled threat, but we should note that the bluster, the sturm and drang,
is an obvious attempt to distract from the fact that the Hill Times has made a very serious and damaging point regarding the Liberal campaign. Moreover, not to be missed, is Kinsella’s attempt to co-opt Susan Delacourt for his cause. My reading of her piece is not that she too wants to hunt down and expose this mole, but that she is simply noting that this kind of instability and infighting is inherent to the Liberal brand, particularly when they’re not in power. After all, inherent to Liberal ideology is the sense of entitlement to govern without having to “put anything on the table”.
Anyway, a simple translation of Kinsella’s blog for the last couple of weeks: a frenzied attempt to overhype his candidate because even a Liberal minority is a long shot in the coming “guerre” as he likes to call it. So disregard the pleas for tickets to sold out events, and the exaggerated claims (Iggy will clean up the economic mess- you mean the one the Liberals are largely responsible for???). Liberals are desperate for an election not because they realistically think they can win this one, but because their chances only get worse from here on out.
So why won’t the Liberals form the next government? I think Chantal Hebert nails it with this piece.
And like a good Liberal, on the day that Hebert’s piece came out, Kinsella sidesteps the insightful article and instead attempts once again simply to change the channel by launching attacks and selectively quoting from the press.
p.s. still on the search for truly intelligent life in the Liberal blogosphere. “Impolitical” is OK, but are there any Liberal blogs capable of being incisive, astute, and simply well written?