Saturday, November 16, 2019
Andrew Scheer And The Curse Of The Religious Fanatics
I wish I could have been there when Hamish Marshall told Andrew Scheer that he was not going to win the election after all.
But was going to be humiliated by Justin Trudeau.
But then you can't have everything, and at least the humiliation continues.
For this is ridiculous.
The most divisive leader in modern Canadian history is going to unite the country?
When he can't even unite his own party, and it's badly divided over the influence of the social conservatives.
It appears there are two views on this. The socially progressive side, led by Calgary MP Michelle Rempel, thinks it is a mistake to allow the party to be dragged into debates over abortion and same-sex marriage. The other side—who think Scheer should not be afraid to stand for his beliefs, whatever they are—is led by Edmonton MP Garnett Genuis.
With the religious fanatic Genuis making it clear whose side Scheer is on.
It’s interesting that Genuis, who was kept on the sidelines during the national campaign, is now out defending Scheer, a signal that the leader intends to stand his ground on religious issues.
While the slightly more moderate Cons worry that the Ugly American will use his loyal fanatics to hang on as Con leader.
Christians opposed to abortion and same-sex marriage have played an important role in the party in recent years, helping give both Scheer and Ford their leaderships. Thanks in part to organizational work by pro-life activists, the Conservative social conservative caucus is more powerful than before.
And who can blame them?
When the curse of the religious fanatics now haunts the Cons.
This is Garnett Genuis introducing his Lord Scheer as if he was an Old Testament prophet.
And it's not too hard to imagine what a Scheer majority government might look like...
Which does help explain why even the grotesque third-party group like Canada Proud appears to be abandoning the Ugly American.
Conservative leader Andrew Scheer has apparently fallen out of favour with the conservative group best known for its online advocacy that helped elect Doug Ford in Ontario.
iPolitics reviewed the Canada Proud Facebook page on Friday and found that it had posted 200 times since the election. While almost half the posts (87) negatively targeted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, there were less than 10 that even mention Scheer. Some were negative.
And it does set up an almighty clash at the Con leadership convention.
One that neither Scheer nor his party might survive.
Scheer the Great Uniter.
Don't make me laugh...
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Maher's column is ridiculous on its face. Rempel is no social progressive. She's as much of a kook and an uncouth lout as anyone else in that party of deplorables. As someone who suffers from a nervous stammer myself, I will neither forget nor forgive her for making fun of Justin Trudeau's speech dysfluency (the result of him being bilingual and "translating" mentally from French to English when he speaks), when he tried to describe the recyclable water boxes. On the floor of the HoC at that, her demeaning standup routine now officially entered into Hansard. That, for me, was the equivalent of the Chretien attack ad mocking his Bell's Palsy, and the time Trump cruelly imitated the involuntary muscle spasms of a reporter who had ALS. Rempel is low-class oil trash, and Maher is an absolute idiot if he thinks she's one of the better angels they have on offer.
Also, toward the end he says that the cons don't have to moderate on climate change if Trump gets reelected? By all means I hope they keep taking lousy advice and continue to lose. My concern is that they amp up the Proud attacks with a more smooth-talking BS artist like MacKay and simply learn to lie better. They're disgusting and rotten all the way through, and they need to be sent packing along with their inbred GOP cousins rolling like pigs in their own filth.
Scheer couldn't unite Velcro even if he tried. He and his cohorts(Eeny, Meeny, Miny and Moe) may have successfully deluded the Alskatchewan electorate into placing all the blame for their woes on JT's doorstep but so what? Who needs these idiots? Seeing how they lost the election in part because of Scheer's divisiveness, I have to wonder who he is trying to bullshit with that pathetic ad. Himself? Smart people don't plan to fail, they fail to plan. Scheer repeating history is a plan to fail and a great example of stupidus gargantuous.
We have always been at war with Oceania, that is Weak Andy's idea of competitive advantage in the war of ideas. Remember when John Kerry who received the medal of honor was out ramboed by W who received a flying ban while defending the Texas border from Vietnamese stealth fighters. Remember when Al Gore lost the debate for being articulate. This is where conservative win battles, in the reality distortion field. I come not to bury Trump but praise him for destroying this weapon that seemed invulnerable. The more petulant Kenney is, the more ridiculous Weak Andy becomes, the more inevitable the bearers of the Conservative flame become extinguished. A red tory would have terrible economic ideas but could still be palatable, but now that those ideas have become synonymous with the Party of Harper and manning, they can not make humpty whole again.
I tried to watch, but at 1:36 I was gagging so much I had to stop.
could not unite velcro, well played
I think it's called being hoisted on your own petard. Scheer became leader thanks to the support of the social conservatives, which worked for him until it didn't. It was a short term fix that has now become a long term problem.
I'm beginning to think this is good cop/bad cop kabuki theater. Just like the "Never Trumpers," the so-called PC-lite leftovers created this monster, and now they just want to put a friendlier face on it so they can have a better chance at winning by bamboozling the public. They have to set up Kenney as a boogeyman to publicly denounce, and Scheer the fall guy to knock down, so they can say they've learned from their mistakes. Still pushing the same wealth-expanding stealth privatization death by a thousand cuts, but without overt hatred of visible minority groups. "Equality" to cons means everyone sleeping under a bridge regardless of color or sexual orientation. Pro-choice, inasmuch as you can decide to pay out-of-pocket for a procedure you can't afford, or just not have one, bleed out and die. What horseshit.
If the Proud freaks are abandoning Scheer he is in big trouble. They're all fronts for the oil industry, and when they say Scheer has to go his days are numbered.
I live in Ontario, and we according to the Green Party spend 24 billion on oil to move around and heat our homes every year. Quebec has nearly infinite amount of hydro if you want to flood, 24 billion is a big number that could make everyone a grennie.
In the US as elsewhere its usually the moneyed crowd that manipulates the religious zealots for their own ends. Toss them a few bones such as appointing a hanging judge or the conscientious right to refuse to give certain medical services and the public purse is your oyster. In Scheers case the reverse seems to be true, toss the wealthy and wannabes a few freedom to pilfer or taxation promises and proceed with the real work of building a retro visionary christian nation. The problem for Scheer is that the wealthy will not settle for legislative table scraps especially if its seems unlikely he will even get to sit at the head of the table. Suspect that if they cannot change the leader they will start shopping around for a better deal. Then there is Kenney the idiot talking up political turmoil and associated uncertainty that will drive progressive investment away from Alberta in a time of need and if anything attract more vultures. Whatever happened to the Cons with a plan and when did the clowns take over the circus?
Hi Jackie....I am certainly no fan of Rempel, and since I was one of the first people she blocked the feeling is mutual. However she is making an all out attempt to be seen as a moderate Con, and she has always had the media eating out of her hand. So I'm not surprised that Maher is smitten. But he's wrong if he thinks that climate change can be ignored, and he fails to spot the danger of the separatist cabal and their leader Jason Kenney...
HI JD....I like your Velcro analogy. I don't think Scheer knows any other way to go than attacking Justin Trudeau 24/7. I think he still thinks he can do that even though repeating the same tactic, after losing an election, is a classic definition of insanity. Also siding with the Wexit wackos is sure to backfire in the rest of the country. He really is the gift that keeps that keeps on giving....
Hi Steve....I predict that Jason Kenney will end up doing as much damage to Scheer as Doug Ford did to him in Ontario. And since Kenney and Scheer are both religious fanatics maybe even more...
Hi anon@11:38 AM....yes you're right, Scheer has always counted on his coven of religious fanatics, and now he can't make a break with them since without them he stands no chance of surviving the Con leadership review. But with them he will never win a general election...
Hi anon@1:53 PM....Yes, Scheer would certainly be in big trouble is the Proud gang abandons him. Some of the other Proid groups are also financed by the Manning Institute, so if they also stop supporting the Ugly American his goose really will be cooked....
Hi RT....Good questions. Kenney and company are talking up separation which is guaranteed to drive away investors. When I was a boy in Quebec that was drummed into our heads on a daily basis. Unfortunately for Albertans, they have been brainwashed into thinking that what is good for Big Oil is good for the province, and while that may apply in the short term it will eventually kill them...
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