Bill Bennett, back from a trip to the abyss in Chilliwack Hope, thinks there’s a chance for a coalition between the BC Conservatives and the BC Liberals.
The quality of Bennett’s thinking goes a long way to explain the last year.
Here’s the truth. If the BC Conservatives want to disappear forever they’ll jump at the chance to enter into an “arrangement” with the BC Liberals.
It would be one of the stupidest moves ever made in BC politics. But even the suggestion of it could be very helpful to the BC Liberals.
The best way for the Liberals to kill the Conservatives’ momentum stone cold and return them to fringe party status would be to convince voters the Conservatives are prepared to sign on to a team with the sleaziest, most corrupt and pathetically empty government BC has seen in the last 60 years.
Think about it: voters leave the BC Liberals for the BC Conservatives, disgusted with the governing party. So the Conservatives snuggle up to the BC Liberals? Talk about Buzz Kill.
Let’s take off the rose coloured glasses. Bennett’s ruminations are the pathetic wishes of a doomed politician so out of touch with real humans that he resembles nothing less than a loose android from a Phillip K Dick novel.
Here’s the problem with those who are thinking that Bennett’s comments are plausible. They, like Bennett, are forgetting why voters left the BC Liberals in the first place: the people who have dumped the Liberals are finished with being hurt, cheated and lied to. They want a change of government, not a change of names.
If the Tories take this stinking rotten bait they won’t be telling voters they are joining the Liberals to restore the free enterprise coalition. They’ll be telling voters that they are no different than this corrupt, tired government. They, like the BC Liberals, will be telling voters that they care only about power and nothing else.
It would be an incredible misreading of the Conservative’s current support and growth. It would be thumbing their noses at everything their new voters believe. It would be saying yes to the HST lie. Yes to the BC rail coverup deal. Yes to school cuts and stadium overruns. Yes to deals for friends and insiders. It’s a very long list.
But ruminating about a deal between the BC Liberals and Conservatives does help one party. The BC Liberals need the bleeding to stop. What better way than to do that than paint the other right wing party as no better than them?