Wednesday, May 02, 2007
What Dion has gotten himself into
If anyone is surprised by Elizabeth May's views on political damage control, don't be. She doesn't have a clue.
I noticed this when she ran in London North Centre for the by-election there some months back. May was outraged at the thought that the NDP would launch political attacks against her. How dare they!
It was at that point that I started to realize that Elizabeth May and her followers didn't understand politics.
So, when you come out and start making comparisons with Nazis, you don't use the excuse that some other environmental nut made the same comparison.
When one of your candidates doesn't apologize for cheering when people burned on 9/11, you don't wait to fire the guy and, in the meantime, congratulate him for being a terrific member of the community.
The problem with people like May is that they're so sure of their own righteousness that they don't think it's necessary to apologize for their own actions or defend themselves against dissenters. In fact, they bristle at the very thought.
We have even seen this with Liberal leader Stephane Dion, which might explain the two leaders' affinity for one another. We all now know of those TV ads where, when confronted with his record on global warming, Dion says, "This is unfair!" I guess it's unfair to people who don't like being challenged with the truth.
You see, with people like May and Dion, they're always right, you're always wrong. It's why they don't like debating things like global warming. It's why they make bizarre political alliances. It's why they stumble over comparisons with Nazis and the cheering of murder at the hands of terrorists.
And this won't end for May or Dion. The Greens are a fringe party, and Dion has done his best to legitimize them with the Liberal brand.
Great work. Pass the popcorn.