For the benefit of the spin impaired and the Kinsella challenged, I thought I might provide another installment of translating Kinsella. The tortured and defiled word of the moment is “brilliant”, a word used by Kinsella to describe Paul Martin’s cheap shot at the Conservatives. You see, in Kinsellaland “brilliant” means predictably partisan, shallow analysis, and a word to be bandied about when trying desperately to survive an unthinkably abysmal couple of weeks. This isn’t, however, about piling on; rather about counterspinning. So here we go in the week that was Kinsella’s “musings” (remember back when the blog was named Kinsella’s “musings” as if reflection not deflection were the impetus for the writing).
The week begins with textbook disavowal, under the guise of Kinsella’s media rules: “When the National Post editorial board says you are making political mistakes, it means you aren’t, at all. Keep doing what you are doing.” Deny, deny, deny in the hope that it is a lie.
Then, having been outdone at manipulating the Canadian public by Stephen Harper, Kinsella must have been beside himself. That gratuitous photo-op could have been “Michael’s”, and the Liberals not the Conservatives could be flirting with a majority. In referring to Harper as “reviled Conservative Prime Minister”, what is he saying about Ignatieff, whose approval ratings have steadily declined and are well below Harper’s?
To be honest, what really made me take notice this past week was Kinsella’s shameless deployment of a true working class hero of the Left, Pete Seeger, singing “Michael, row the boat ashore”. While in keeping with contemporary Liberal ideology’s penchant for saying, promising, and doing whatever it takes to win, it still seems a little hypocritical to reach that far Left for inspiration. Secondly, the song itself is a kind of “we shall overcome” anthem, referencing the archangel Michael, field commander of the Army of God. So Warren needed his batteries recharged, we can all appreciate that. I just hope he didn’t identify with the role of the Liberal archangel in the service of the Liberal Cause. Or worse, that he didn’t see “Michael”, Ignatieff that is, as the archangel.
The rest of Kinsella’s week is essentially consumed with flailing attacks on Harper, ending the week finally on a much less abrasive, almost conciliatory tone. One might think Ignatieff is about to set sail in an different direction. Seems as though Ignatieff is tired of being “framed” by the Conservatives. Apparently we’re about to see a more cooperative and congenial Ignatieff. It’s almost as though Ignatieff might have come around to the realization that the political pursuit of “the common good” is not necessarily equatable with repeating old cards about Conservatives, nor the self-evident entitlement of the Liberals to govern. Apparently, you have to bring some ideas to the table. Perhaps rather than a coronation in Vancouver, the federal Liberals could have discussed, I don’t know, policy. Anyway, I suspect that since Ignatieff is seemingly about to adopt Jack Layton’s position, we might see less bravado and fewer chickens up on Kinsella’s site.
BTW, to appease Mr. Kinsella’s newfound interest in economics, I would humbly send him over to The Progressive Economics Forum
should he want to experience a real discussion on economics, and yes, sometimes punctuated with real brilliant insight.