Saturday, June 07, 2008

Call it a wash? No thanks

Rex Murphy's piece in the Globe today is more of the irksome line of thinking that says, essentially, the sponsorship scandal occurred, therefore, all "scandal," for lack of a better word, following it is just clumped under some amorphous "more of the same" label. And the talking heads tell us, the public is just so tired of it all. They all do it, let's just call it all a wash.

No, thank you very much.

Such a notion is a recipe for the endless excusing of Conservative misconduct. Perhaps the opposition, in Mr. Murphy's view, should just shut up and ignore the high profile Conservative affronts to national security (Bernier-Couillard), to elections law (in-and-out) and rules against parliamentary vote-buying (Cadman)? What's the possible rationale for doing so? Why does Mr. Harper, who has brought new lows to Canadian politics, deserve such enabling?

It harkens back to the George W. Bush campaign of 2000, when he famously declared that he wasn't going to play "gotcha" politics over allegations concerning his own scandalous behaviour in his past, in the personal and business spheres. The inoculation soon washed over the media as they willingly succumbed to the scandal fatigue from the Clintons in the 90's - which had been largely driven by a rabid Republican attack machine. Bush reaped all the political benefit. Look how well that inoculation's gone for America.

There's a similar thread to Murphy's piece today that should be rejected outright. Parliamentary exhaustion is not an excuse for ignoring Conservative wrongdoing.