Has anyone ever seen them in the same room?


During a big week for two prominent politicians, my print column discovers eerie links where none had been spotted before…


Has anyone ever seen them in the same room?

  1. Dion a straight talker with integrety?

    Give me a break I read this on the same day Dion brings out a carbon tax that he said was bad.

    And if he has so much integrity why did this clown basicaly call Harper a racist for the Immgration bill then vote for it?

    Man, I could run down 20 votes he said where bad. But hey I guess in Harper hater land that is what intgrety is.

    So when Harper called the liberals currupt and voted them down what does that make him.

    Nevermind, mean right.

  2. JK, I’m not sure what is worse. Your blatant lies or the too numerous to respond to typos/grammatical/spelling errors.

  3. Fuunty, when the Liberals were having their leadership race – I thought all you political journalists thought Dion was the best thing since sliced bread? Now I’m confused.

    I don’t think you can compare McCain and Dion at all. McCain and Dion are totally different personalities.

    McCain’s only ideology is himself and the military – that’s it…the rest he makes up as he goes along.

  4. Wow I never saw it before …. it’s uncanny the similarity … 2 leaders who see the writing on the wall and each is going to do give it one last hail mary before retiring to write their autobiographies. Each leader getting advice and support from their party’s elders such as great work dear leader go for it we are 100% behind you (I bet) in the meantime Bobby R and Iggy are running back to their offices starting their first draft of their leadership speeches. I am unsure as to how the republicans work it out but I am sure there exists Iggys and Raes there as well as it is the nature of the beast.

  5. I think that’s a very good comparison. I also think it would be quite easy to fit Mackenzie King into that type. Remember that he barely clung to power for a long time before finally cementing his hold on the country.

  6. Sandi, you were busy carrying Michael Ignatieff’s water at the time, so you can’t be faulted for not having read the fine print. But in the longest and most enthusiastic article about Dion I wrote before the Liberal leadership, I included these lines:

    “After all this time, a party dedicated to winning is not sure Stéphane Dion looks like a winner.”

    “The young staffers who worked around Dion when he was a minister were notorious in Liberal Ottawa for their earnest demeanour, solid work ethic, and utter naïveté in the ways of practical electoral politics.”

    “The other stuff, the presence and polish most ambitious politicians strive for, must very nearly be forced on Dion. This is most evident in his continuing inability to express himself clearly in English. At an unofficial debate among Liberal leadership candidates last month in Surrey, B.C., Dion’s lofty ambitions and limited grammar made him sound like an ungainly cross between Walt Whitman and Gumby.”

    Here’s the main paragraph of that story:

    “So the quick learner who was such a surprise as a cabinet minister, and then as a backbencher, and then as a leadership candidate surging from the back of the pack, has not yet persuaded Liberals he can master the skill they treasure most: winning. Yet even though, as a Dion admirer for more than a decade, I have also found his performance in this campaign less than entirely convincing, I can’t help hoping Liberals give him a second look.”

    If asked, I will happily provide a more enthusiastic endorsement for sliced bread. Here’s the article I’m quoting from.


  7. McCain and Dion? I don’t get it.

    Do you all remember when McCain lashed out at Maria Shriver in the 2000 Republican primary? I think McCain is still suffering from PTSD. His temper and fits of rage are legendary inside the beltway.

    I don’t get the Dion comparison.

  8. The similarities are uncanny. Dion labels himself a hero for chairing an environment meeting.

    John McCain, who despite being offered early release spent six years enduring physical toruture because he wouldn’t leave his fellow soldiers behind. Its noteworthy that McCain has never called himself a hero.

    Also of interest is the fact that John McCain is the recipient of seventeen military awards and decorations which include the Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star and Navy Commendation Medal.

    Stephane Dion, on the other hand, is the proud recipient of the Fossil Award from the Climate Action Network which is reserved for those who are deemed to have contributed the least to progress in the climate change talks.

    Its possible that these two men were separated at birth.

  9. “…eerie links where none had been spotted before…”

    And, frankly, never will again. (McCain, for example, was considered the Rep. frontrunner from the day after the 2004 election, then tanked for about six months, then came back when the Reps. figured out everyone else was hopeless).

  10. I’m going to be looking out for that sliced bread article.

  11. Sorry, Mr. Wells I didn’t recall reading that article – but on political talk shows some journalists were more or less tooting Dion (except the right leaning ones of course).

    I, quite frankly, don’t know what to make of him. His English has improved – I can understand him now. He’s a nerd – I have no problems with nerds – some have done quite well, Bill Gates comes to mind.

    I’ll get attacked for this one – I fail to see that because a man served his country, was a war hero and all – how that makes him presidential material. Sorry, but I fail to see that. There are lots of war heros in the US congress and senate – Chuck Hagel, Bob Carrey, John Kerry to name a few.

  12. I do not know what kind of President McCain might make,nor have I an opinion in the American election but his war record and conduct tells us what kind of man he is.

  13. “I fail to see that because a man served his country, was a war hero and all – how that makes him presidential material. Sorry, but I fail to see that.”

    While it’s not an essential qualification for the job, risking life and limb for one’s country would seem to suggest a degree of loyalty, deidication and love for that country beyond personal and political ambition.

    Serving in the military isn’t the only criterion that should be measured — post-war actions are as important. John Kerry denounced his country, threw his medals away and called his government a bunch of war criminals. Hardly the moral equivalent to John McCain’s record.

  14. And, according to some new articles – McCain’s record isn’t what it’s cracked up to be. He failed to climb up the military corporate ladder so to speak….he never made it to the “upper” levels.

    I’m not trying to take away from his hero status here – but I fail to see that it makes him more presidential material because of it.

    Just because a person hasn’t served, doesn’t mean their less of a person or haven’t been brave in some way or other in their life.

  15. Has anyone ever seen John McCain and Saul Tigh from Battlestar Galactica in the same room?

  16. That was a fun read. I find them both endearing.

  17. “John Kerry denounced his country, threw his medals away and called his government a bunch of war criminals. Hardly the moral equivalent to John McCain’s record.” On the contrary, why shouldn’t a John Kerry (or anyone else in a similar situation) denounce country and government if he believes them to be so compromised as to no longer be worth serving? “My country right or wrong” is dogma, not a philosophically argued position.

  18. This is a lovely tribute to my grandpa. His life was stolen from us in a horrible way, but he has left behind a lot of wonderful memories.

    We love you grandpa!

  19. Very nicely presented article on a wonderful human being.

  20. Terri you are so right. What a wonderful tribute and I am so sorry for your loss. This is such a sad story, but yet, one sense that this man is living on in his family. He would be proud.

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