Once again, for the benefit of the spin impaired and the Kinsella challenged, a summary and translation of the week that was in Kinsella land.
Thanksgiving weekend marked the release of Narcissiev 2.0
(the imperious and arrogant Liberal leader gets a bit of a makeover to appear more modest, compassionate, a kind of newfound sympathy for the poor and working class folk). If I didn’t know better (you know, Kennedy’s open support for Bob Rae and all), I’d think he’d taken some lessons from Gerrard Kennedy on how to manipulate the public into thinking you actually care about poverty rather than votes.
The work week begins with a shot at the NDP, who apparently weren’t quick enough to layout the possibility that Harper will attempt to engineer his own government’s defeat with the HST. What Warren doesn’t tell you, however, is that the only reason this is now a very real possibility is that the Liberals’ ill-timed attempt to bring down the government, their failure to bring anything to the table, and their incessant internal squabbling have offered Harper an opportunity at forming a majority government the next time Canadians go to the polls. If Harper is secretly licking his lips to have an election, we have no one but the Liberals to thank!
Which brings me to the overspun phrase of the week in Kinsella land: “less unpopular”. When Kinsella refers to the Conservatives having become “less unpopular” what he really means is Liberals are free falling and Conservatives are steadily edging toward a majority. I ask a similar question that I asked last week. If Harper is reviled, and the Conservatives are less unpopular, what does that make Ignatieff and the Liberals? Wouldn’t that make Ignatieff the profoundly reviled leader of a grossly unpopular party???
Not to worry, Kinsella’s week was only beginning, and he quickly found a bone to chew on for the remainder of the week: Conservative pork barreling and a politics of arrogance and entitlement. Now, all decent people should be indignant at the Conservatives’ deployment of tax payer dollars, especially when Harper railed so strongly against the Liberals when they engaged in likewise cynical and disingenuous politics, while running on a platform of accountability and transparency).
However, here’s my question. Does a man who brazenly puts on his website that he ran the war rooms of Jean Chretien and Dalton McGuinty not sound stupefyingly hypocritical when claiming to be aggrieved by Harper’s Conservatives? Relegating the Sponsorship scandal aside and to the past (although let’s face it, the not so distant nor the not so irrelevant past which today’s Liberals want us to think it is), Kinsella has present ties with the McGuinty Liberals.
McGuinty Liberal governments have been arrogant and corrupt to the core and plagued by scandal after scandal. The recent eHealth boondoggle was only the most recent and largest (to date that is) of the reckless and grossly negligent use of public treasury by the McGuinty Liberals. McGuinty’s governments have deployed “slush funds”
, and have been repeatedly scolded by the auditor general for lacking transparency and accountability in their accounting practices and their disbursement of public treasury. McGuinty governments are no less arrogant nor any less filled with overweening entitlement than Harper’s Conservative government. McGuinty Liberals may appear a little more contrite when caught acting grievously negligent with our money, but don’t let that fool you. From a Liberal point of view, it is not pork barreling that is wrong, it is getting caught; for that may cost them the only thing a Liberal values: YOUR VOTE!
As someone who very carefully observed and documented the negative attack by Kinsella et al on my now MPP, Cheri DiNovo, I have to say that perhaps even more dismaying than the kind of politics exhibited by Liberals, was the lesson drawn by Liberals. For this young brood of Liberals, which takes their cue from Kinsella (the Cherniaks, the Bowie’s, Derek “Born with a Tail” Raymaker etc.), the chilling lesson was not that attempting to destroy a person’s long earned reputation and good name is wrong, but that their error was the way in which they attempted to defame and dishonour this person in public. As they claimed at the time, they should have just released “the information” to media and let the media run with it and not they themselves.
Michael Narcissieff v2.0 codenamed TIN MAN FINDS HEART seems well under way. Seems that having not managed to dupe adults, “Miky” has opted for a longer term strategy (pretend you’re Mr. Rogers, snow the kids with your false pretense and hope they vote for you when they’re older). Problem is, in the couple of photos I’ve seen from this ridiculous photo-op, the children haven’t appear the least bit impressed. As far as the announcement is concerned, Stageleft has the best riposte. What’s next, a raise the minimum wage campaign, an outcry for affordable housing, for increasing welfare and disability benefits. Remember when Ignatieff sought “real” reform on employment insurance to protect workers. Well he quickly abandoned that when he thought he might have a shot at winning a forced election. Not even a child is fooled by Ignatieff’s recent LEFT TURN.