Karma, the election version

“(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.”

Toronto Star, April 28, 2001


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.

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4 Responses to Karma, the election version

  1. Norm Farrell says:

    Here was the experience listening to Simi Sara interview Goldbug Levy, CKNW ‘s purported “business expert.” He claimed the strength of the Canadian dollar was suffering badly because financial markets fear NDP influence in Canada. Simi said something like, “Hold on, didn’t the Canadian dollar just reach a new high for recent years?” Levy, in that fine tradition that never let facts ruin a story said, “Some experts say it would be even higher, were it not for the NDP.”

    Same style of answer is used when we ask BC Liberals what happened to the price decreases promised under HST.

  2. e.a.f. says:

    I have never expected “big” media to do anything other than to support “big” business and “big” political parties. Of course 50 yrs ago my Mom told me the Vancouver Sun was a liberal party newspaper and to never believe all they wrote.

    Voters have had federal governments by liberals and conservatives yet it hasn’t mattered who was in power, the average person isn’t getting ahead. It is increasingly difficult to make ends meet.

    There is also a new generation of voters, the children of the baby boomers. The new generation saw their parents and grandparents do all the “right things” and still loose their jobs. The new generation saw a growing concentration of wealth in the top 1% of the population but nothing for them or their parents. In many urban centers this new generation saw they will not be able to own a home or if they do, it will cost them 50% of their income.

    It maybe the new generation is willing to give change a chance because they do not see the status quo as making their lives better and change won’t hurt them. All they have seen in their lives is change along with jobs being sent over seas along with our natural resources. They maybe looking at quality of life issues, something the liberals and conservatives have not been able to deliver on.

    The liberals and conservatives have all made promises over the last 30 yrs and then didn’t deliver on them. A lot of us just believe the NDP can’t do any worse and may just do better or at least level the playing field. I’ll give it a shot, there isn’t anything to loose.

  3. RossK says:

    Stopping All Cons….My Comprehensive Guide To Strategic Surge Voting In British Columbia is now rolling out….here, for anybody interested.

    (I know Ian will not like all of this – but I do try and give a rationale for those ridings where you have to hold your nose if you, like me, still feel it is imperative to ‘Stop the Cons’ at all costs)


  4. Donna says:

    The Globe and Mail endorsing, the “Harper Government”. I have canceled my newspaper.

    I will vote for Layton. Harper is working for the wealthy corporations. Jack will work for the people and the country.

    Harper is somewhat a fascist, and for certain a dictator. He is a war monger, and has spent billions upon billions on these wars, we are dead set against. He also had harsh words for Iran. Canada has always been a, peacekeeping country since WW11, that is the role we want to keep to. We did not bomb innocent civilians, until Harper. Harper is wasting billions on jet fighters, the jets firstly didn’t have engines, how ridiculous. How many billions all of Harper’s prisons will cost, who knows. All we know is, our health care will be hit, very hard.

    If Harper wins, we can kiss Canada good-bye.

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