Wow. What a dramatic finish. The rednecks were squealing with anticipation. The beer was on ice.
The Big Oil Barbie was so sure she would win.
But in the end the old wild hog couldn't make it up the hill of its own excrement and bigotry.
Not that Dani is sorry about anything eh? She's unrepentant.
Smith said she has no regrets for not taking a harder line on the anti-gay and racist sentiments of two candidates.“I received a lot of phone calls from our own candidates saying how grateful they were that I didn’t throw these two candidates under the bus at the first sign of trouble,” Smith told the Sun.
Gawd. How depressing. When will she ever learn?
In 2012, you can’t go around warning that homosexuals will burn in hell, as one Wildrose candidate did, or that ethnic minorities can only speak to their own kind, as another did.
You especially cannot, as Ms. Smith did, defend such comments as a matter of religious conscience, or something that can be taken care of with a quick and only half-hearted apology.
Oh, and trying to reframe the abortion issue or those who oppose gay marriage in the context of “conscience rights” doesn’t appear to go down well either. Canada is a wonderful country and Alberta is a wonderful province. We don’t just talk an open, tolerant and inclusive society, we vote it.
Oh well. At least it was quite a spectacle. The Harper Cons were devastated.
Members of Stephen Harper's Alberta caucus, some of whom loudly backed the upstart Wildrose party, watched the provincial election in stunned disbelief, according to insiders."It's pretty much an open wound today," one senior federal Conservative from Alberta said Tuesday.
The pollsters looked like fortune tellers or water diviners. The right-wing pundits were eating crow.
Sharing it with others.
And of course Ezra Levant and Stephen Taylor were left looking ridiculous.
"Eating crow isn't that bad, if it's deep-fried," tweeted Ezra Levant, Sun TV's hyper-partisan host. "Table for 2. Sigh," responded Stephen Taylor of the right-wing National Citizens Coalition.
But of course the best news is that maybe, just maybe, a new Alberta is stirring. One where a lot of people have apparently decided that they don't want want their province to be seen as a happy hunting ground for racists and anti-gay bigots. Or a far-right firewall petro state closed off to the rest of Canada. Or waging war on it.
And I'm starting to think that this ad was more effective than I first thought...
Because I now think its subliminal message, at least to younger Albertans, was it's bad enough if they hate us, but if they start laughing at us it's OVER.
Oh yeah I forgot. You know made made the Wild Hog belly flop even MORE enjoyable than watching the Cons freak out, or Andrew Coyne eat crow?
Answer: Wondering whether Dr Tom "Strangelove" Flanagan, the Wild Hog campaign manager, ended this horror movie.
The same way he ended the other one...
Because we all know how that one ended eh?
In the Lake of Fire.
Buh bye Wild Hog bigots.
Here's to the New Alberta...
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