Thursday, April 05, 2012
Bob Rae's Ridiculous Assault on Thomas Mulcair
I'm sorry to see that Liberals and the NDP are attacking each other, and that Bob Rae is calling Tom Mulcair a "mini-Harper."
“If there was any doubt in anyone’s mind in Canada, let me just say that the era of love and good feeling is clearly over inside the NDP. It’s a new regime,” he said.
“We’ve now moved to the world where anger apparently is better than love, arrogance is now better than humility and petulance is much stronger than respect.”
Because I'd rather see the opposition parties focus all their fire on the Cons. Mulcair is no Jack Layton, but no mini-Harper either.
And although I can understand why Rae is angry at the way the new leader is asserting himself, the truth is that thanks to the NDP leadership race, Rae has had the stage to himself for months. He has had trouble recognizing that the situation has changed.
A press secretary had already given the 30-second warning that Thomas Mulcair was about to emerge from the lobby, where he awaited his moment. Suddenly, Bob Rae, the Liberal interim leader whose eloquence and gravitas had stolen much attention during the eight-month leadership vacuum at the NDP, strode out to the microphone instead.
A moment of confused laughter and then, as Mulcair chose to go to another microphone rather than wait for Rae to finish, a mad rush as the television cameras and all but a handful of reporters abandoned him for the real and permanent leader of the official Opposition.
Which is making him look ridiculous. And some Liberals look desperate.
And at least the NDP isn't going around calling the Liberals separatists and "communists."
Dion, who was an observer at the NDP convention in Vancouver in June of 2011, reports that based on what he witnessed he has concluded that New Democrats and Liberals come “from different worlds.” The former Liberal leader said the NDP has a strong union tradition and a radical wing that is “almost Communist.”
Like maxi-Harper does. I mean whose side are they on? And when will the loser Dion finally call it quits?
Which isn't to say that I don't enjoy the sight of Rae waving his arms wildly and shouting loudly during Question Period, to try to show he's angrier than Mulcair. Or firing off zingers like this one.
Mr. Harper, this kind of saying, ‘not my fault, not my job, it was somebody else’s responsibility’ might work for others. It won’t for work for Mr. Harper. He cannot now pretend that he was just the piano player in the brothel who didn’t have a clue as to what was really going on upstairs. . .
Because anyone who calls the Cons hookers is my kind of guy eh?
But when he suggests that in his mind at least, he is still the REAL opposition leader, and the ONLY leader who can topple the Harper regime, I can't help thinking horrible thoughts.
Like what parallel universe is he living in? And him and whose army?
A new poll suggests the federal NDP is enjoying a big bounce in popularity since choosing Thomas Mulcair as leader.The NDP boost comes almost entirely at the expense of the Liberals, who have slipped back to 19 per cent — the same all-time low they received in last May's election when the self-styled natural governing party was reduced to a third-party rump.
For these are the brutal facts.The NDP has three times the number of seats the Liberals do. Like it or not, Mulcair is the REAL opposition leader. He's beating back the Bloc in Quebec. He's putting the screws to Great Ugly Leader in the House of Commons.
A lot of Canadians seem to think he is the guy who can beat Harper, and are willing to give him a chance.
And we all need hope. Badly.
So Bob Rae should probably cool his jets, stop trying to prove he is more of a fighter than Tom.... or Justin. Take a valium or play the piano.
And do the same thing...