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Don’t see this paragraph in Tom Flanagan’s referencing of the Punic Wars today. Maybe the copy desk cut it for the sake of sensationalism. In fairness then, we’ll print it here. (Officially, it’s from Hilary Clinton’s speech on Tuesday night.)

“Tonight I ask you to remember what a presidential election is really about. When the polls have closed and the ads are finally off the air, it comes down to you, the American people, and your lives and your children’s futures.”

Those are, obviously, a profoundly earnest couple of sentences. But that doesn’t make the sentiment contained therein any less true. And that Mrs. Clinton would have to make a point of reminding everyone of that says much in itself.


 

BTC: This matters

  1. When I read Flanigan’s op-ed, I immediately thought to myself “Hey, now I know what he and Harper had been doing this past summer strategizing for the fall session – the were watching Patton.”

    I can still hear the haunting music, the scene unfolding on the ancient battlefield, as Patton recalls:

    The Carthaginians defending the city were attacked by three Roman legions. The Carthaginians were proud and brave but they couldn’t hold. They were massacred. Arab women stripped them of their tunics and their swords and lances. The soldiers lay naked in the sun. Two thousand years ago. I was here.

    Life imitates art…

  2. “Life imitates art…”

    I understand that Reformers consider this statement a terrible insult.

  3. You didn’t see the weather forecast or horoscope or winning lottery numbers in that piece either. The Sudoku puzzle got cut out by the editors, too, I guess. Births and Deaths — sorry.

    A (former?) backroom-boy party strategist writes a column on… party strategy and financial health in the context of a presumed imminent election campaign. What a surprise.

  4. It’s unfortunate that 2/3 of Canadians usually vote more left.

    If the Liberals did fall, all it would do is move the Conservatives very left to appeal to the Liberal base.

    NDP get a new leader and move towards the centre.

    The death of the Liberal party would be bad for our country, but sure would move our politics left.

    Silver lining.

  5. Hannibal run amok throughout Italy during the Second Punic War and nearly brought Rome to its knees. Slash, burn and retreat became their only tactic against him (crude summary of an 18 year war).

    So if we keep Flannigan’s painfully lame analogy going – is Dion Hannibal? and perhaps the Green Shift is his crossing the Alps with elephants?

    In that case the “Romans” might lose a lot of battles before they start winning the war.

  6. I don’t see hillary Clinton on the ballot in Canada.

    Or Flanagan for that matter…

    Worst macleans blog right here…

  7. Yes indeed Norton Dion is Hannibal : however the only elephant that will be crossing the alps along the narrow path is the size of Dions leadership loan! Good grief and they get a 9,000,000 subsidy and they can’t even grassroot collect enough – way too many ears of hanging out with the Bay Street Boys and that is for sure! How anyone in their right mind would vote Liberal right now is beyond me then again maybe it is all for the best as after the LPC implodes on itself shortly here maybe the left will unite and the NDP like the phoenix will rise from the ashes and give us Conservatives a decent fight! Like they in Rome : Estne volumen in toga, an solum tibi libet me videre?

  8. Wayne: I presume those who would vote Liberal do so for the same reason that others would vote Conservative.

    They haven’t been paying attention.

  9. Okay. I just did something I don’t usually do. I donated to a political party.

    After reading Flanagan’s article about how what Mr. Harper wants has nothing to do with good governance, or trying to outperform the liberals based on his ideas, but rather is an attempt to send the Liberal party into a financial tailspin to destroy them that way, I couldn’t sit still.

    So Mr. Dion, you can thank Mr. Flanagan for my $50. I don’t agree with the abstention strategy, but perhaps if you’re on better financial footing we’ll see less of these silly confidence votes going on and perhaps see some compromise happening on bills.

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