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Frank McKenna is not a fish you can catch


 

Dec. 2. Frank McKenna to advise coalition

Dec. 3. Frank McKenna not advising coalition, citing conflict of interest

Dec. 12. Frank McKenna advising Michael Ignatieff, theoretical leader of coalition

(See previously: Frank McKenna and the Liberal leadership)


 

Frank McKenna is not a fish you can catch

  1. Why do I get the feeling that all any of our “leaders” do is go ask the banks what they want and when they want it?

  2. I really don’t understand this fascination with McKenna. Why do so many Libs, and many in the msm, consider him to be a lodestar?

    And I am with you TobyONT, but I would narrow focus to government seems to go to Don Drummond and ask what he wants and when he wants it.

  3. Now I have that Our Lady Peace song in my head…

  4. “I really don’t understand this fascination with McKenna. Why do so many Libs, and many in the msm, consider him to be a lodestar?”

    I was thinking the exact same thing.

  5. Why do I get the feeling that all any of our “leaders” do is go ask the banks what they want and when they want it?

    Because you’re paranoid?

  6. Can anyone tell me why anyone should be trying to gain wisdom from those who are an integral part of this mess in the first place?

    Austin

  7. Aaron:

    So Iggy is consulting experts and economists on the issue and the PM and Jim Flaherty are consulting Joe Sixpack with their online questionnaire…

    When will the madness end?

  8. Is there any evidence whatsoever that Harper & Flaherty are NOT consulting their own experts? Is this just window dressing to make Ignatieff look prime ministerial?

  9. “I really don’t understand this fascination with McKenna. Why do so many Libs, and many in the msm, consider him to be a lodestar?”

    Because he never lost an election as premier of New Brunswick. Because he was able to maintain personal and political popularity for the entirety of his tenure. That’s a rarity for a major Liberal on the national scene.

  10. Also, you have to give props to Iggy — this is much, *much* more than Stephane Dion would have done.

  11. Poljunkie and AWL, The reason Liberals worship Frank McKenna as a god is because he has experienced actual success in his post-political career. This suggests a level of real-world competence that most of his comrades can only dream of.

  12. Ignatieff doesn’t have the thousands to bureaucrats and advisors in the departments of finance, industry and national revenue to advise him. He has the kids in the (recently slashed) Liberal Research Bureau.

    Can you really blame him for wanting to get some outside advice?

    Maybe he should go into ScotiaBank for a second opinion.

    MI: “I’m looking for a second opinion.” (Hands over a loose stack of papers crammed into a folder) “…my budget proposals. I want some answers.”

    Smartly dressed financial advisor: (Looking over documents) “…none of these are from ScotiaBank.”

    MI: (Looks pledingly at SDFI, a hint of fear in his eyes).

    SDFI: Lets get started.

  13. My only problem with bank economists is that they work for ……. well, banks. Not the disinterested, impartial observers the media makes them out to be.

    Doesn’t make them wrong. But keep the salt shaker handy.

  14. Lots of Liberals I know ( not being one myself ) do not worship Frank McKenna.

    And a business-friendly political career often leads to a politician-friendly post-political business career.

  15. McKenna is like any great rock band that breaks up before they release a crappy album. As time passes they become mythical and people start begging for them to get back together. Unfortunately, if they give in to the pressure and reform the band, and god forbid release an album of new material, those myths are quickly burst and everyone ends up dissillusioned!

  16. Is there any evidence whatsoever that Harper & Flaherty are NOT consulting their own experts? Is this just window dressing to make Ignatieff look prime ministerial?

    I’m sure the Conservatives are consulting with many experts. They’re just employing a strategy of downplaying their expert consultation in public and playing-up the “just folks” consultation to frame Ignatieff as aloof and out of touch because he listens to egghead experts while Harper gets his budget advice from Joe the Plumber.

    Because that strategy worked so well for John McCain.

  17. Ah, Harper’s guys have spent a whopping $383 million so far on consultations of some sort or other – more than any government in history. You see, to Harper and his gang of bobbleheads – everything has to be a historic event – even their spending habits.

  18. Sure, Sandi. When you don’t trust the civil service you hire people who’ll tell what you want to hear.