It's a new week, with a new Liberal caucus, but before we even have a chance to see if there are any new dynamics in the House, the media is piling on Dion with their same tired old narrative.
Is there going to be an election? When might there be an election? Are you going to abstain from confidence motions? And when Dion answers with, there will be an election when the timing is right, they resort to telling us that Dion is threatening an election again but he'll probably back down.
I can't recall a time when Dion actually threatened an election and then backed down. Oh, I know it was portrayed that way and perhaps he was hawkish during caucus meetings, but that is not what he has been telling the country.
We all know that the situation in Quebec for Liberals is far from the land of milk and honey, however, to hear some of the pundits call it just seems over the top to me, specifically when you consider where the information is coming from.
On At Issue last week, Chantal Hebert was busy polishing Dion's coffin with the most pathetic, doleful look on her face. Today on Question Period, Craig Oliver announced that the program's Quebec insiders would be giving us the real story. Who does he introduce? L. Ian MacDonald and Jean Lapierre. I literally laughed out loud. (Well, I did more than that, but I'll leave that to you to your imagine.)
As expected, they did the male version of Hebert's monologue and in MacDonald's case, he could barely disguise his glee. They spoke of the recent crop poll, which is of course was not good for the Lib's...devastating, is MacDonald's descriptor of choice as I recall and fair enough, we know there is work to do. Let's get out and do it.
Here is an example of the of intelligent information we are being treated to these days.
The election guessing game resumes Monday with Stephane Dion continuing to hold out the possibility that he'll finally pull the plug on Stephen Harper's minority government.
The Liberal leader's threat rings increasingly hollow
Can someone explain to me how holding out on the possibility of when he'll pull the plug is a threat that he will pull the plug, then reneges?
What has happened to reason in this country? Rationale thought seems to have escaped many of those who are responsible for informing us. By alternately providing and stealing Conservative talking points, the media is has completely abdicated it's role.
Is there any analysis of the man? None. From the day the Con's came out with their attack ad's, the media has followed that cartoon. Are there no thinkers out there?
Here's the good news. To use an expression uttered by someone I loathe, Dion has been misunderestimated. Yes, there are problems in the party, but they are not Dion's invention. He took leadership of a party that had huge problems not in the least related to him and spare me the, he was at the cabinet table, BS.
For those who care about such things, polls that ask participants if they would vote for the Lib's if Dion or Ignatieff or Rae was the leader, the reply as I recall was about a 2 point difference between them all, so all of you who think the world would be different if we had another leader...get over yourselves.
The party has to re-establish itself and if you consider Dion's history, he's the right person to do that. He understands what the party represents both from an academic standpoint and a practical/experienced one. Rae is relatively new to the party and Ignatieff has his own problems. Neither man has the experience that Dion has.
While I've swayed on occasion between the dove/hawk argument, I've stood fast on not revealing policy.
Well, as we live, we learn, in my view. I'm now at the point that I think some policy should be revealed and talked up. Were it me in charge, I'd limit it to policy that we are sure the Con's won't lift, knowing full well that they will attack it. Having thought it through, an attack gives us a position to highlight, not unlike the McGuinty/Ontario, Flaherty/Harper feud.
So, a reversal on my part. Does that make me what the Con's call a flip flopper? (so original, lol) No. It means you assess what is in front of you at the moment and make your best call based on that information.
That's all Dion is doing, imo, and for the media to paint that to fit their narrative is telling us the industry is being oblique.
The expression goes that we drive the media. They only write what we want to read. What a crock! They drive the conversation and I'd love ideas on how to curb that.
As an aside, this was a fun read. Speculative of course, but it's nice to read something that breaks away from the idiocy of MSM.
Bottom line? Tell me how to break this cycle of non-news.