Saturday, March 26, 2011
The Coalition and the Dirty Game
I hate to bring Don Cherry into a discussion about anything eh? I realize I'm living in Con Canada, and that he's the Redneck Messiah.
But my scientific background tells me that the neverending demonization of the word COALITION is beginning to resemble a brain injury.
It would be “crazy” to vote for anyone but a conservative majority – a minority would allow the opposition parties to form a coalition – their “hidden agenda.”
And I'm really worried about Stephen Harper. Because any leader who would make the word coalition sound threatening, even though he formed one himself.
Is clearly trying out for the role of Big Brother.
And when he accuses Ignatieff of having a "hidden agenda" you really have to question his nerve...or his sanity.
Because anyone who thinks that a coalition government would be scarier than a Harper majority must be a Con ...or an IDIOT.
But of course what he is really doing is trying to change the subject, away from corruption, lobbyists, and escorts. And once again preparing to pit English Canada against the evil separatists...read Quebecers. Like he did during the last coalition crisis.
And in that regard Michael Ignatieff also gave himself a minor concussion.
Because let's face it eh? That won't win him any votes in Quebec where the idea of a coalition is popular. But then Ignatieff was caught between a rock and a hard place.
If Ignatieff said he would consider a coalition depending on the election outcome, he would risk associating himself with a term that has become a "bad brand," Russell said. But if Ignatieff said no, he would limit his options following the election or risk backlash if he eventually changed his mind. In fact, precisely what happened to his predecessor, Stéphane Dion.
And Harper wouldn't be able to get away with it, if the MSM wasn't playing his dirty game.
I watched the campaign launch this morning. Harper, sounding somewhat like an insane person, said we have a clear choice to "elect a stable majority government or a reckless coalition." In a pretty long speech, he shrouded the threat of a coalition in almost every pronouncement. His tone was, "If you're not voting for me, you're voting for the Devil."
This was to be expected. I have to say though -- and I try to avoid media-bashing -- the Ottawa reporters are shrill and single-minded in playing Harper's game. They are loudly demanding to know if Michael Ignatieff is planning to form a coalition and, in hectoring him mercilessly, are succeeding in demonizing the idea of a "coalition" just as if Harper had written the script.
Oh well. At least now Ignatieff can tell those media stooges to take a hike. Or read the statement. Or explain why they find a coalition so menacing.
Today Harper had everyone playing his dirty game.
But tomorrow we can get back to BASICS...
Recommend this post at Progressive Bloggers.