Monday, February 06, 2006

CPC Surpasses Expectations

It sure didn't take the CPC long before we started to see shades of Liberal tactics come out. I figured they would take some time to look "squeaky clean" before pulling a "Liberal".

Well, sheeet ... imagine my surprise to find out it only took
5 seconds! Talk about Liberal lite bs. Talk about the constituents in that riding being taken by somone who knew that he wasn't going to be representing them as presented. What chutzpah.

You know, Exposed predicted this type of incident way back on January 1 during my New Year observations. If I recall, my new years observations included
this little diddi .. "Stephen Harper's version of Liberal Lite became predominently clear. I'm not impressed. If he has to sell himself out, then why bother calling yourself a Conservative".

Hmmm... I wonder if
David Orchard is having a good laugh and telling people "I told you so".


At Mon. Feb. 06, 01:31:00 p.m. MST, Blogger Richard said...

Well, we can't really say that we're disappointed. Our assessments were bang-on. Sucks to be us...

At Mon. Feb. 06, 02:31:00 p.m. MST, Blogger Aizlynne said...

Yeah ... I remember our chat about this on December 28th ... I think only you and I were in agreement that day.

Just that much more determined to make a difference in Alberta Richard. I know you feel the same.

Johnny Pockets isn't a happy boy today either.

At Mon. Feb. 06, 03:54:00 p.m. MST, Blogger Justthinkin said...

What can one say Aiz? you saw my post...I for one am extremely disappointed. I've all ready called my rep, demanding an explanation. Hope his answering machine doesn't have self-destruct mode...LOL

At Mon. Feb. 06, 04:29:00 p.m. MST, Blogger Johnny Pockets said...

You know, Aiz, I'm still holding out hope. I'm hoping this was a blunder, rather than out-and-out arrogance. I'll reserve my long-term judgement for now. But ayup...I'm pissed.

At Mon. Feb. 06, 05:10:00 p.m. MST, Blogger Canadian Sentinel said...

Sigh... people, people... let's chill a little and keep perspective, 'k?

I, too, was surprised. I didn't see this coming.

I know it isn't the greatest of optics. Myself, I wish all appointments were such that no eyebrows were raised. But wait!...

Bear with me here, ok? I've learned to take a few deep breaths and think, think, think before coming to any conclusions. So here's what I have to say about the two controversial appointments:

There's other, positive politics to the two appointments that're being overlooked, btw. See, a Liberal defected to the Tories, something that's never happened before, and he's saying we're moderate. That's supposed to be big news, something for the MSM to write and chatter about, but it isn't being blah-blah'd about. And the Fortier appt. is designed to send a clear message that the Conservative gov't wants not just Quebec in general, but also Montreal, arguably its most important city, to have a seat at the cab-table. Funny the MSM isn't talking that up, ain't it? Nope, not funny; it's just more proof of the MSM's anti-Conservative bias!

Remember when the Liberals appointed the unelected Stephane Dion to be Intergovernmental Affairs Minister? I was then yelling at the MSM on the telly and asking them why not make a big deal out of it? Well, now they are, and that's the big story of the day. Makes me mad... MSM's spinning the two appointments as bad whereas they let the Grits off the hook.

Plus, notwithstanding this little cab-appointment thingy, isn't the important thing whether the new government does the job it promised to do and was elected to do? I mean, really, they were just today sworn in. The real work hasn't begun as they've not even had the chance, right?

As conservatives, we know that the thing that really matters is performance. In my view, yep, the two controversial appts. don't look all that great, but they are, after all, fully exposed, aren't they? It's completely transparent, right? Whether one likes it or can't stand it or has mixed views on the two appts, remember, it's all out in the open and there's no attempt to run away from accountability.

Plus, I think it's possible that this is actually an astute political move. Yes. Remember when Harper overhauled his inner circle of advisors prior to the election? He accessed excellent advice during the campaign and it paid off. I believe he also acted on advice wrt the two appts. Actually, I believe that in the long run, this is a good political move. Why? It plants two subconscious themes into the minds of the electorate: 1) A Liberal was comfortable enough with us, convinced we're not the bunch of kooks like Paulie claimed we were, to come over and sit in the cabinet. Meaning, we're moderate and all that. 2) We're serious about treating Quebec right as well as all provinces, something the Liberals didn't do.

See? Isn't that smart? Just think about it, take your time. Look to the long run. Foresee the end result of this kind of shrewd political acumen: next election: a majority. Not only will the current gov't do its best right now, but it's also ensuring it's proving itself in the minds of the voters that it deserves to be government with a majority.

Then we'll be really able to fix the stuff the Libranos broke. And make Canada great again.

After all, if Rome wasn't built in a day, Canada won't be built in a day, either. We must be in it for the long haul! ;-)

Am I wrong?

At Mon. Feb. 06, 05:38:00 p.m. MST, Blogger ABFreedom said...

Here's me over here just sitting with my mouth shut ... kind of playing the wait and see what else slaps us in the head ....

At Mon. Feb. 06, 06:05:00 p.m. MST, Blogger Canadian Sentinel said...

Hmm... sitting with your mouth shut... that's an excellent way to stop the spread of HIV! LOL

Seriously, I fear the next "slap in the head" will come from someone like, perhaps, Mahmud Ahmadinejad...

At Mon. Feb. 06, 09:27:00 p.m. MST, Blogger ABFreedom said...

Canadian Sentinel ... ya know I could take that the totally wrong way and become extremely upset, but you didn't put it in a cartoon, so I'll let it go .... LOL

At Tue. Feb. 07, 02:37:00 a.m. MST, Blogger Canadian Sentinel said...

Yep. And it's true also that some of the best laughs do come with a risk component... always a risk of pissing off folks with no sense of humor... the kind, ya know, who'd chop off yer noggin just fer drawin' a little sketchy-wetchy of ol' MO-MO an' all dat...

Some folks, eh? What a weird world we live in!

BTW, it helps to have a sense of humor to live in New Brunswick, I'll tell ya that! Ain't nuttin' funny about chokin' herring!

At Tue. Feb. 07, 06:54:00 a.m. MST, Blogger SpaceNeedleBoy said...

Mr. Harper's decision to reward Mr. Emerson's defection to the CPC ranks with a cabinet appointment (even though Emerson is a "carry-over") is precisely why many ordinary people hate politics and politicians.

I recognize the strategic value of Mr. Harper's decision. However, it totally trashes the notion of addressing the "democratic deficit".

At Tue. Feb. 07, 07:28:00 a.m. MST, Blogger Canadian Sentinel said...

Well, Spaceneedleboy, perhaps this is as bad as it'll get. And the best is on the way...

If it doesn't get any worse than this fully-open sort of eyebrow-raiser, then I'd say the new government is doing pretty good. Just remember how horrible the Libranos had become and you'll see this as nothing.

Still, I'd agree it's over the long run we'll judge the governmnent.

What makes me mad is how quickly and thoroughly the MSM is bombarding the Tories with such negativity and whatnot whereas they didn't do anything near this much crap to the Libranos when they did this, too, and much worse. They always let the Libs off the hook, at least after a day or two. I hope the MSM comes to its senses and moves on to more important stories like policy, etc. rather than beat a dead horse day after day, but I don't hold my breath. Let them prove themselves less mature and sophisticated than the bloggers if they wish!

At Tue. Feb. 07, 09:09:00 a.m. MST, Blogger Aizlynne said...

Strategy aside Cdn, this isn't fair to the people who elected Mr. Emerson to represent them. And that is what this really is all about. Democracy - and the people's right to elect whom they choose to represent them.

What Harper did wasn't democracy - it was despotism in my opinion. What makes him any different any other leader who ignores the will of the people? Nothing.

At Tue. Feb. 07, 10:43:00 a.m. MST, Blogger Simpsonite said...

I know you are all very disappointed and eventhough this isn't great, we have to pull together here. If we start splitting our right wing over this stuff like was done in the nineties, we will never be in government again.

At Tue. Feb. 07, 11:46:00 a.m. MST, Blogger Canadian Sentinel said...

A valid point, Aiz. I concede on the matter of the people having elected a Librano rather than a Tory and getting something different.

That aside, if this is the worst we ever get, then compare all the bad stuff the Libs have done to how the Tories perform in the long run and then we can revisit the matter with a better sense of proportion and after they've had a long enough time to prove themselves overall. I don't expect even the best leader or party to be perfect all the time, but I do expect them to perform their job as promised. This is how I'll judge them. I don't think we'd ever get anyone perfect in Ottawa. Never has been that way, after all, nor in any provincial legislature.

Just like I liked Reform/Manning, CA/Day and now CPC/Harper, I certainly don't try to claim they're the absolute best we've ever had (been in power only one day) or will ever have in the future, but they're apparently the best choice today.

Like always, we still gotta "wait and see", right? Too early in the going to make a final judgement.

In life, doesn't everyone sometimes do stuff that disappoints us? Nobody I've ever known has always done the perfect thing or the expected thing. There's only varying degrees on the scale of perfect angel and complete asshole, with most folks in their lifetime never going all the way one way or the other. We judge based on position on the scale based on everything said and done, ya know?

At Tue. Feb. 07, 04:49:00 p.m. MST, Blogger W.L. Mackenzie Redux said...

The unelected cab min and senate appointment blew it for me Aiz. Haroper will have to regain my trust...this ild reformer knows a Mulroney weasil when he smells one....and I smell one making these type of hypocritical principle compromises.

Shame Steven...your on probation.

At Tue. Feb. 07, 09:07:00 p.m. MST, Blogger Aizlynne said...

You got that right Bill ... reeks of Mulroneyism. I had my inklings and expressed my doubts early on.

As for Steve ... he wasn't even in for 5 seconds and pulls this stunt.
I won't even go into the senate shit ... that just really pisses me off.

Mark my words ... there will be many a disappointed Conservative in Alberta - at least any of them who understand the real meaning of democracy.

Maybe next time I will make a spectacle of myself and eat my ballot out in public to express my displeasure with the unabated trough dwellers in Ottawa.

However, onwards and upwards towards my goal of a freely and equally elected Alberta Alliance party in Edmonton in order to good governance and accountability to be restored least on a local level.

Remember the Three "R";s - Reform, Referendum, Recall

At Wed. Feb. 08, 08:01:00 a.m. MST, Blogger Brian C said...

Yah but at least Mulroney didn't promise to use elected senators in a campaign. Let's not tar Mulroney with these awful choices. With the Emerson deal, he has now offended Vancouverites and for good reason. I saw that even yesterday, Emerson described himself as a 'small-c Liberal'. Wonderful.

BTW, I went the Alliance town hall last week out of curiousity. Paul Hinman is certainly a good, intelligent leader for your party.

At Wed. Feb. 08, 10:54:00 a.m. MST, Blogger Aizlynne said...

Thanks Brian. He certainly impressed me which is why I voted for him.

Curious though .. Paul actually believes in free votes for parliament and said that there will be no party whip in an Alliance gov't ... but funny how Harper has himself one, but stated the same thing.

See the difference between real leadership and a wannabe.


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