Friday, August 03, 2007

Reason to love the Conservatives

Now there's a headline you never thought you'd see from me! Why do I love them? Principally because they have demonstrated, repeatedly, that their party is run by people with political tin ears. People who fail to see what the right thing to do is in circumstances staring them in the face, time and again. When given a choice between two competing alternatives, the Conservative choice is to opt for the small-minded, partisan route.

Today's instance? Harper failing to see that standing side by side with Danny Williams in the aftermath of the Newfoundland flooding was a no-brainer. There's no way Williams would have criticized Harper had they been together in that situation. It was a chance to take the high road and take steps toward mending fences. It was a sure thing politically in terms of presenting a united, positive front and also the right thing to do for Newfoundlanders. But they missed it. And so the PM walked around, during the photo op, looking uncomfortable and awkwardly snubbing the media.

Same thing in the spring on the Afghan detainee file. The right thing to do was to stand up in the House of Commons and say, Canada supports the Geneva Conventions, Canada does not condone torture and we will do everything in our power to see that it does not happen. These guys? Their gut told them to portray the opposition as unpatriotic Taliban lovers. The Prime Minister was practically still doing it the other night.

So keep doing what you're doing, brainiac Conservative strategists, there are a few of us out here who support you in your misguided efforts, for reasons you will never comprehend...:)