Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The 'I' in Apologise

Today's apology has been written about by many. I too have a comment, but would like to take it a step further.

The apology was forced. That much was evident by the PMO gang standing over her as it was made. Fair enough. That's not the first time that's happened, but to me it's telling as it relates to this Minister.

Don't get me wrong. I think the emotion she displayed when referring to her personal experience was genuine, but that was the part of the apology that was completely superfluous. Oh, I have no doubt that the brain trust that forced the apology felt it would add empathy, but on the contrary, it made it, once again, all about her. I suspect she may even resent having had to bring it up.

That said, if you step back a bit and consider the new bit of tape that has come out, Raitt has a singular focus and that is Raitt.

Of course it could be argued that everyone, MP or otherwise, is concerned with career advancement, but if you listen to this woman and apparently there is 5 hours worth of her talking, what is evident thus far is, no matter the issue, it's all about her.

There is a sophomoric quality to her conversations and while based on some of my posts concerning this government you might consider that an upgrade. I don't. This is her, unplugged. Not playing to the camera, not participating in the antics of QP, just the person elected to put her constituents first and to consider the big picture, the country, as it relates to her portfolio.

Some may argue that she is not unique in this regard. Maybe, but she's the one that's been exposed and when you consider the tone of the government as a whole, I remain convinced that she is but an example of a bigger picture. We know that Harper incites division in the House, in the country and Raitt's comments lend credence to the fact that the feeling of 'get while the gettin is good' is also alive and well within the party.

I read a column this morning that dripped with contempt. Not directed at the Minister, but at anyone who would dare declare that they don't conduct themselves in private differently than they do in public.

I suppose there is an element of truth to that, but in the main, I and many people I know are pretty much the same no matter the environs.

I later heard this same reporter on the radio. Ironically, she loves to throw around the term, sanctimonious, while simultaneously judging the character of all beings by her standards. She literally screeched about the bloody Liberals and their supposed perpetual desire for power, while defending Raitt's so called 'normal', um...desire for power. It was bizarre. She finished her screed by saying something as profound as: 'if you want to get remotely human being types in the public service...'

Really? Is the bar really set that low now? Is it time to set aside the desire for vision, moral character, leadership and a sense of duty?

I'm not suggesting that every Liberal is lily white and possesses the aforementioned traits. I am suggesting that the Conservative party has set and given voice to a new standard in this country though and it's very low indeed. It's one that some seem willing to latch on to and we are poorer for it. Raitt however may have played a part in awakening those who expect better.

She may have achieved her coveted notoriety in a way that she never imagined. She may have been the icing on the cake that drew the attention and the cameras, without realising that the heat they would generate would not only melt said icing, but cause the cake to collapse as well.

10 comments:

Steve V said...

"I read a column this morning that dripped with contempt. Not directed at the Minister, but at anyone who would dare declare that they don't conduct themselves in private differently than they do in public."

It's so laughable that people use this "private" angle. Pardon Canada for wanting to know what our politicians really think. Blatchford would be the first to lament the phony political system, "oh he/she is just saying that", "oh talk about spin, what kind of fools do you take us for". Then these same people, when the get reality, tsk tsk, this just isn't right.

Another part of this whole debate, the kneejerk contrarian crowd, who tie themselves into knots so they can resist. When's the last "sexy" crime story that Blatchford hasn't camped out at for weeks, the more sensational, the MORE ink. Gawd, yes please, stop the sanctimony, we've got ambulances to chase ya know.

Anonymous said...

I think it is the aide Jasmine MacDonnell who should apolgize.
She was also the aide when Minister Lunn lost his job due to "communications leaks".

Just a bit too coincidental??/

RuralSandi said...

Oh typical - Anon - cons operative - to blame the other guy. How weak.

If you start a new job and had to deal with continuing from the previous employee do you think you'd get away after 3-1/2 years of blaming that former employee for their mistakes you've made? Get real.

Ya, people talk, but when you are in a very senior position you should know to talk about your collegues at all, especially to your staff or where drivers can hear you. How stupid for a person that's suppose to be capable.

RuralSandi said...

Oh boy - sorry - I should have said "blaming the mistakes you've made on the former employee".

RuralSandi said...

Anon - if Lunn's problems were because of McDonell only, why would they keep her on and promote to communications for Raitt - doesn't make sense?

KNB said...

I'd say that Ms. MacDonnell paid a high enough price.

KNB said...

Blatchford this morning is sad, so sad, that Raitt was forced to apologise, because jesus, (her word), she was just doing what everyone does...

That's some world that Blatch lives in.

penlan said...

I can see where using Raitt's personal experiences with cancer in her family makes sense. It's supposed to show the public that she does understand the issues due to her personal losses.

That said it seems that if you are deeply touched by these things that your compassion would be great & the isotope issue, & making sure those who need it get them, is of far more importance than propelling your career forward. So it becomes obvious, as we all know, that to her "she" is the priority - not people who are gravely ill.

This really does reveal the true attitude of Harper's Con Govt. & it's MP's. That it's all about power - & retaining it, no matter the cost to anyone else & especially not the cost to the citizens of this country. If people can't see it by now, through this particular episode of the isotopes & lack thereof & their inability to "fix" & work on the problem from when Lunn was Minister of the file, then I am flummoxed.

Harper's desire to privatize isotope production has been in the forefront ever since he came to power. And we weren't made aware of that - until recently.

All political Party's want to be in power & I'm sure there are some in every one of them who craves it to the non-inclusion of thinking about their constituents & what they NEED. It's one of the reasons I become angry waiting for the Libs to pull the plug on Harper & thugs. It is about power & it is about being the "right time" to some degree but wait too long & you lose it. Thirsting after power no matter the events happening in the country & "waiting" for the right moment can cause more harm than good to our freedom & democracy, as they are all being eroded away by this horrible Harper govt.

Cherniak_WTF said...

There is a sophomoric quality to her conversations
You are too kind. I'd use juvenile or even stupid...

I can see where using Raitt's personal experiences with cancer in her family makes sense.
Except that if she really had any empathy, she would have never called the issue "sexy" - unless she has some kind of incest fetish....


Harper's desire to privatize isotope production has been in the forefront ever since he came to power. And we weren't made aware of that - until recently.
Untrue. WIth the Linda Keen affair, this was very apparent.

As far as I'm concerned this whole isotope crisis has been manufactured by Harper and his minions. It's only one part of their dismantling of Canada - akin to what George Bush and the neo-cons did to the U.S.A.


As for what politicians thinks in private, I don't give a toss - what's more interesting is their motivations.


Raitt mixed her apology with personal experience in a cheap and transparent way to gain sympathy - boo hoo cry me a river... She deserves nothing more than derision and to be openly mocked for her stupidity. I'm tired of politicians massaging their "sorry" to appease the gullible public. Raitt is an incompetent twit that should try to work in the private sector. She's crass and has shown that she is undeserving of the power she's acquired.

The issue here is the isotope crisis.

FredfromBC said...

I can see where using Raitt's personal experiences with cancer in her family makes sense.
Except that if she really had any empathy, she would have never called the issue "sexy" - unless she has some kind of incest fetish....

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"Sexy" in this context, of course, is exactly the same as "if it bleeds, it leads"...and anyone who tries to claim otherwise is either a lying partisan hack or one of those very rare people who actually cut themselves off from all news media (in which case, though, why do you even bother to comment on issues that you clearly know nothing about?)

It's time for everyone involved to GROW UP now and move on to something at least reasonably newsworthy. It's like kindergarten around here...