BTC: It’s a date (II)


“He seems to be lining up to justify quitting on the job. That’s the approach taken by a loser…”

Stephen invites Jack to Sussex and this is the thanks he gets. Should make for a lovely Saturday afternoon around the Harper living room.


BTC: It’s a date (II)

  1. That line only makes sense if Harper was resigning from public life. Jack, the man will be seeking a renewed mandate from his boss, the Canadian electorate.

    And if your so-called “loser” might just so happen to collect more seats for his party than you might for yours, tell us, Jack, what does that make you?

    How much thinking do you actually do before flapping tongue? Oh, sorry, almost forgot, you lead the NDP. Not much thinking is necessary.

  2. Aw, poor Stevie. Mister Layton is being mean to him!

    Politics is an adult pursuit; it’s not for whiny little children.

  3. Uh…madeyoulook seems to have blown a gasket…any of us liberals willing to clean up this mess?


  4. Gaskets intact, fear not.

    I am old enough to remember Ed Broadbent: a principled, articulate, respectful defender of socialism. Wrong about the merits of collectivist central control, mind you, but principled, articulate & respectful.

    Anyone who can swallow the “approach of a quitting loser” line when applied to someone seeking re-election is simply suspending intelligent thought. And since the NDP will never, thank heavens, be in charge of a federal government, it gives them the freedom to say stupid things like this.

    Thank heavens I still have the freedom to expose the stupidity.

    And after all that, you will be pleased to know that all gaskets are still A-OK.

  5. Powerlessness is a tough thing to handle for a politician. The reality is this: Harper is the PM, and as such he has the power to call an election, which he almost certainly will win, from which he almost certainly will gain more seats, with a increasingly liklihood of his gaining a majority.

    What can the opposition do? Dion is left to publicly complain, and Layton and Duceppe are left with attempts at clever put-downs. That’s it.

    At least Layton and Duceppe weren’t pretending over the last several months that they were holding all the cards as to when the election would take place – that healthy dose of humiliation is reserved for Dion alone.

  6. I completely agree with madeyoulook’s second post (the first one is a little… strident, to borrow a word from Selley.) Layton really does nothing to help the NDP brand – their rise during his turn at the helm seems to be entirely attributable to circumstance.

    But whatever works for him, I guess. Like madeyoulook also said, it doesn’t really matter to anyone, since they’re not forming the government (or the Opposition) anytime soon.

  7. Loser was perhaps not the most fitting term, though there’s few totally positive descriptors for Harper’s actions this week. Aside from that, Layton’s analysis is sound.

  8. Mr. T, if you would care to explain what other part of Mr. Layton’s quote above represents sound analysis…

  9. “he has the power to call an election”

    If only he hadn’t made a law saying he couldn’t!

    “which he almost certainly will win”

    Seems more and more questionable with every ethics committee session.

    “from which he almost certainly will gain more seats, with a increasingly liklihood of his gaining a majority.”

    I’ve been asking this since 2004: where are all these extra CPC seats going to come from? He’s already got all the seats in Alberta. The rest of the country doesn’t exactly seem to be warming up to him.

  10. Layton is posturing so that he doesn’t offend the remaining NDP supporters that held their nose at Jack’s complicity in putting the CPC in power. He’s on shaky ground and he knows it.

    Because of him, no Kyoto, no national daycare, no Kelowna, cuts to the left and right in arts funding, to legal aid, to women’s programs…things that are near and dear to the NDP platform. Things that could have been maintained and expanded had he kept propping up the Liberals. And abandoned for what? a few extra seats and the delusion of taking the official opposition crown.

    That is the undercurrent that he’s got to watch out for. Calling a spade a spade is just pandering to his shaky base.

    Of course he’ll happily play along with Harper’s game because he is exactly like Harper: a power-hungry opportunist that would sell his mother for the sake of power.

    Problem is that everyone, being wise to Harper, is also wise to him.

    So in that, madeyoulook, I suppose we agree.


  11. I guess both Steve and Jack are posturing a plenty here. Politics is a funny sport — you nuzzle with your least-likely suitor, say one thing and then fickly break that word, and then whine ‘Doncha luv me?’ until the cows come home.
    Please don’t use the word ‘principled’ and Harper in the same sentence. That’s like putting ‘intelligent’ and GWB together.

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