Saturday, February 17, 2018
Patrick Brown and the Fabulous Con Clown Show
I always knew the Ontario PC's leadership race was a Con clown show.
But who knew it could be THAT funny?
I knew Patrick Brown could play a really good mummy.
But who knew he could also play a really scary Con zombie?
And that he would come stumbling out of his crypt at the midnight hour, and announce he's running to replace himself.
Ousted former Progressive Conservative leader Patrick Brown is running again for the right to battle Premier Kathleen Wynne in the June 7 election — even though he has been banished from the Tory caucus at Queen’s Park.
“I think my name has been cleared and now it’s about getting Ontario back on track,” Brown proclaimed as he led reporters and cameras on a chase down the stairs at party headquarters and along Adelaide St. to a taxi.
With his People's Guarantee still plastered all over him and his bus...
But now, as Martin Regg Cohn points out, with a brand new agenda.
The disgraced, discredited, disbelieved politician is vowing to clear his name while tarnishing the name of the party to whom he once promised power: Watch him settle scores against detractors, file lawsuits against alleged defamers, defy party elders, ignore elected MPPs, lash out at his accusers.
And please don't call him crazy.
Is he out of his mind? Don’t count him out.
The membership is mostly his, despite assertions by interim leader Vic Fedeli that the lists are highly inflated. And the policy platform that his rivals have disowned still has his picture on the cover.
For while his rivals aren't happy, it's not like they're exactly star material...
Doug Ford, described by the Globe and Mail as a drug dealer in his youth (he denied it and publicly mused about a lawsuit, but the paper tells me none was ever filed); Caroline Mulroney is a dual citizen (interestingly, the U.S. oath of allegiance requires newcomers to “renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign … state, or sovereignty”); Christine Elliott quit her seat in a huff and walked away from the party (after losing the the past two leadership races.)
With three of them only fit to star in a low budget remake of the Three Stooges.
And the fourth one, the religious fanatic Tanya Granic Allen, who is only interested in attacking the province's sex-ed curriculum, sounding like she's auditioning for another kind of movie...
Or just interested in pleasuring her most rabid supporters...
Leaving Brown to look almost like a winner.
Win or lose, allowed or disallowed, Brown has pulled off a spectacular publicity stunt — reclaiming the media spotlight, reasserting his innocence, rebranding himself as victim not victimizer. But his damage control campaign has done untold damage to the Progressive Conservative brand.
And the PC party in ruins...
Oh boy, I can't wait to watch THAT movie !!!
While it and the Cons are still around...
And the best news?
Once that Con clown show is over, we get to watch another...
With the same happy ending.
The Cons are born losers.
First we laugh at them.
And then we destroy them....