Wednesday, March 14, 2012
An Idiot's Guide to the RoboCon Scandal
Well, I guess this Gable cartoon kind of says it all. I mean what more can you say eh?
That's what the Cons have done to our Parliament.
But since this is after all a four-ring fascist circus, it's a quiet day, and I'm feeling a bit idiot, I thought I'd bring you some of the other lowlights.
(1) Michael Sona says he's shocked, shocked I tell you, that members of his own gang could finger him as a suspect.
Anonymous Conservatives have repeatedly fingered Michael Sona, singling out him alone among a group of workers on the campaign of Guelph candidate Marty Burke, but a source says Sona had no reason to believe Elections Canada was interested in him until he was named by unidentified senior Tories in a report on Sun News Network the day the story broke.
But still won't explain why if he was being smeared didn't he rush to defend himself? Or use the I'm too dumb to do that defence.
Instead of resigning in a hurry, going to ground, and refusing to talk to the media.
(2) There's a fake Michael Sona out there. Or was...
With a criminal record.
The prank video appears to have been produced by a Florida Gators fan in Orlando, who came to public notice in 2010 for putting a video online that threatened to commit physical violence to fans of the Alabama Crimson Tide, a rival football team. Alabama football fans in fan forums identified the man as Brett Warren, a 31-year-old Orlando man who is on probation for burglary and three counts of theft of items worth less than $3,000.
Hey those petty crooks are no dummies eh? They know other Cons when they see them.
(3) Ezra Levant, realizing that the RoboCon scandal is drowning out Big Oil's message, and threatening to send his Ethical Oil book into the Deep Discount section of a Dollar Store, has declared it a scandalette.
But luckily for our democracy almost nobody watches him, unless he's wearing a fancy dress costume. So who cares eh?
(4) Dean Del Mastro has won himself an honorable mention in the Guinness Book of Political Buffoons, for The Greatest Number of Idiot Statements in the Shortest Amount of Time.
The Conservative MP leading his party's defence against charges of voter suppression sent out two robocalls of his own on election day that left some voters in his Ontario riding confused...The messages urging people to go vote were from someone identifying himself only as "Jeff."
Which no doubt left voters wondering if he's Jeff who's Mutt? Or are they the same person?
Del Mastro previously attempted to rebuff opposition attacks over robocalls by alleging the Liberals had used a voice-broadcasting company located in the United States and claiming his party didn't use American firms.
The defence backfired when it was revealed that Del Mastro had confused a U.S. firm with the same name with the unrelated Ontario company the Liberals used. And Del Mastro's campaign, it turned out, was using an Ohio-based company to arrange telephone town halls.
But on the other hand was also enough to earn Del Mastro the right to wear a Con Klown (second class) hat...
Which I suppose is a happy development. For somebody like him.
But of course leaves the rest of us pondering the same old questions.
Do we laugh or do we cry? How do we defeat those ghastly Cons?
And when can we arrest them?