Wednesday, April 02, 2008
The Liberals and the Dion Disaster
How much longer I wonder will the Liberals be able to deny reality? Until the boilers burst? Or until the leetle feesh are nibbling on their ears?
How much longer will it take before they understand that Capitaine Dion has hit rock bottom in Quebec? And what that really means.
How much longer before they acknowledge that his wimpy performance and failure to stand up to the nerd Harper...or articulate any kind of vision.... is stinking out the joint in the rest of Canada?
And that unless some miracle happens the rest of us are about to follow him into the nightmare depths of a Harper majority.
How much longer I wonder can the Liberals blame it ALL on Chantal Hebert?
When in fact it's Dion's incredibly inept performance, and their ignorance and denial, that has led us all to this unhappy place.
Look I don't want to be TOO negative. Some of my best friends are Liberals. And apart from the fact that I have to walk uphill to the bar, and the band just fell overboard, I'm quite fond of the Liberal Party.
And of the wonky but decent professor.
Even though he told an interviewer recently he'd like to remembered as a "father" of the nation.
Instead of the most bumbling political leader in modern Canadian history...
I feel sorry for Dion. But I also feel that the danger of a Harper majority government is now so great it's time to take the dancing slippers off. And put Canada first.
And that the only options we have left to avoid disaster are these:
(1) Convince Stephane Dion to put Canada before himself and his party and resign. Tell people he's going to write a book about the limitations of politics, and drop him off at the Sorbonne. Have Ignatieff lead the party into an election...with a promise of a leadership review six months later win or lose. Hey ... I'm no Ignatieff supporter. But even Kyoto the dog would be better.
(2) Use special effects and plastic surgery if necessary to makeover Dion as a quiet thoughtful humble man of few words.(Especially in English.) But one who has a simple but brilliant vision that will make up for letting Harper claim all the credit for the Quebec nation idea.The one that is now paving his way to a majority. Something on the scale of abolishing the monarchy for example. And then hope that "The Vision" and "The Team" can carry the day even if the Leader can't.
(3) Form an emergency coalition with other opposition parties in the name of saving Canada. Which is desperate but will have to do until the progressive side finally understands that unless it unites into ONE party like the Conservatives have, it will ALWAYS be at a disadvantage. And that until that happy day arrives....or until we have proportional representation... we need more tiny partycules like the Greens like we need a hole in the head.
Is any of the above likely to happen? Probably not. But at least the truth will set us free.
And prepare us for what lies ahead.
Put on your life jackets folks.
We're about to go for a dip...