Monday, April 18, 2016
How Justin Trudeau Disarmed and Conquered His Enemies
It's a strange world. Yesterday I wrote about how the Con media had underestimated Justin Trudeau.
Only to end up badly, or end up looking ridiculous.
Now one of those Harper spear chuckers, Michael Den Tandt, has been forced to admit that they weren't the only ones to underestimate Trudeau.
So did the Ambrose Cons.
The two main opposition parties are in a tricky spot — and not just because each faces a protracted leadership void. The Trudeau government appears to be finding its footing, much as Stephen Harper’s first government did a decade ago, by paying attention to sentiment beyond the Ottawa bubble.
It is a development the Conservatives in particular will rue, as they’d held out great hopes for a self-inflicted immolation on the scale of John Diefenbaker’s, following his historic crushing victory in 1958. Increasingly, that does not seem to be in the cards. Like Harper in his time, the Liberals are adjusting as they go.
They came charging out of the gate hoping to destroy Justin, the man they claimed was not ready.
Only to be impaled on the horns of his very Canadian pragmatism...
The emerging Liberal tweak is an apparently systematic effort to meet critics halfway on pivotal flash points, despite their big, 184-seat majority and an opposition in disarray. In the process, they are disarming the most ideologically strident of their critics...
Leaving only Cons like Jason Kenney to continue the struggle on Twitter...
Even though nobody is really listening to him, and he couldn't look more like a loser.
Just like the small band of Trudeau haters in our own ranks, the Jabba zombies who thought they could hype the Saudi arms deal to deliver Justin a mortal blow...
Only to end up also looking ridiculous, and strengthening his hand.
In fighting for this deal, the Liberals have therefore won themselves thousands of quiet supporters in Southwestern Ontario. The more criticism they receive from journalists, academics and politicians up Ottawa way, the more that support will firm up.
And as for the Cons, their future couldn't look bleaker.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his team, even their diehard detractors must now quietly acknowledge, are learning from power, course-correcting as they go. For the Tories in particular, the uphill battle gets tougher yet.
Their legacy is being demolished. The Supreme Court's recent decision to reject some of Harper's foul anti-crime bills being only the latest blow.
And this latest tweet from Rona Ambrose couldn't be a better example of the Con's state of total demoralization.
For now they're so desperate, they're illiterate. And I wouldn't be surprised if they're soon talking in tongues.
I should say at this point that I don't agree with everything Den Tandt says. I think Trudeau has set up the pipeline process to fail.
And I should also say that I am not like Justin. If it was up to me the Cons would be pursued like criminals.
And their foul leader would be jailed...
For what that monster did to this country.
But Justin is doing it his way, and as I look out at my Canada this morning...
I couldn't be happier.
Even though I have to go into the hospital later today, and have a knee operation.
Which will no doubt keep me on crutches for another two weeks. !!#@!!
But my consolation is that no amount of pain that I might have to endure can compare to the pain of the Cons...
For they are truly the walking dead.
And all I ask is that we bring in electoral reform as soon as possible.
So we can finish off those losers once and for all.
Wish me luck everybody and I'll be back soon...
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