“(Tory Leader Mike) Harris shook loose the votes from (Liberal Leader David) Peterson, but they all went and voted for Rae,” said the insider.”
“Now Harper dusts up Iggy for a year, but the benefactor of the collapsing Liberal vote is not Harper, it’s Jack,” the source said, adding there is currently no “seat matrix that gets Harper to a majority.”
Karma – such a drag, and so immediate and so fun. Is it wrong to enjoy?
Karma is breaking out all over this election. Yesterday, while getting ready for the weekly snoozefest that is chemo – drip, drip, drip, repeat – I sat in on the Globe and Mail’s live chat about trying to justify it’s laugh out loud editorial endorsation of Stephen Harper.
For those who missed the Globe endorsation it reads like a bad speech by a Ghaddafi henchperson – sure there are camps and he kills a few he’s tough, but that’s stability for you. And maybe with a full majority he’ll work on those camps, wink.
The comments on the original piece are running about a million to one against and they carry an emotional weight that usually doesn’t attach to newspaper elites coming out in favour of right wing political elites. The commentators say stuff like “I‘m glad I never cancelled your piece of trash because I so want to cancel right now” – okay that’s what I posted but I got a lot of agreement.
The National Post’s Harper endorsation is up today, but the comments are awfully blasé, mostly along the lines of yeah, ‘I guess even if he’s a little left for me there’s no real choice’. Know your audience.
Back to the Globe live chat, because it was hilarious, a continuation of the rant that dominated the comment section, with the moderators sitting there in stunned silence. A few times there were admin posts about the high number of posts clogging up the system. But they never seemed to appear. And then an editor would chime in with a really lame variation on “it’s our duty.” Then silence. Riveting journalism.
This morning I went back to look for some of the most egregious poo-bah posts but the Globe’s taken the whole pathetic thing down. And wouldn’t you? Because basically, the editorial and its defense stands as a big slap in the face to a large portion of the Globe’s readership.
The Globe prospers because it’s not the Post. If you want a slovenly, ideologically driven take on what’s happening in every part your life you read the Post. If you want slightly right of centre, but moderate and somewhat balanced version you read the Globe.
Until now. Now, you say what’ the point of paying for either if it’s all the same?
The amazing thing is that this is so true of much of the media in this election.
Take the CBC. Please.
They have at least two election panels filled with Liberal and Tory pundits. No regular left of centre presence. And all of them have missed what’s going on in this election.
The day before yesterday I tuned in to CBC’s roving reporter Mark Kelly, reporting on what regular folks are saying about the election in Hope, BC. He was talking about his sense of what’s moving the NDP numbers. After a few streeters he went to Andrew Cohen, who’s just written a column about his decision to vote Liberal.
Kelly pitched Cohen this story… he’d been talking with voter after voter who said… ‘we’ve got the same from both major parties for the better part of a decade and we’re doing worse. We make less, we pay more, decent jobs are disappearing and we see the haves winning big time. Of course we want a change’. “What do you think Andrew?”
And Cohen replies… Well, he doesn’t reply. He drops that line like a stinking piece of poop.
Instead, he says who knows why Layton is catching on? He says its one of those unfathomable changes that may happen once a generation or may not. He says there are a lot of explanations but no one explanation. He says everything except ‘yeah, the numbers support that experience,’ 15 years of neo-liberal economic policy has delivered neo-liberal results and it’s not good for a significant number of people who seem primed for change.’
Too late the Tories and the Liberals are hitting back, trying to drown out what are pretty legitimate public perceptions of the state of politics in Canada and voting choices that extend from them. But they haven’t laid the ground to reach these voters, so they launch the same old attack ads into the hurricaine force of a royal wedding.
It’s kind of the political version of Canada’s traditional punditry. Same old.
It may work, but the NDP went up last night and the Tories and Liberals dropped. Here’s hoping karma continues to play.