Tuesday, August 19, 2008

How to rattle Harper

Take him on, confidently and clearly, as Mr. Chretien did yesterday. Then watch him unpleasantly bristle at the audacity of any criticism:
It's "a bit hypocritical" of Jean Chretien, who attended only one Olympics during his tenure at Canada's helm, to attack Stephen Harper's decision to skip the Summer Games in Beijing, the Conservative prime minister said Tuesday.

Harper briskly fired back at the former Liberal prime minister, who on Monday warned Canada could end up paying a hefty toll for Harper's decision not to go to China, the world's second-largest and fastest-growing economy.

"I haven't attended Olympics in the past, (and) I indicated a long time ago I had no intention of attending this one; I have work to do in the country," Harper said during a news conference in Hamilton.
Defensive much? The primo quote today is here, however:
"Harper earned a small smattering of applause from the crowd for his response to a reporter who noted U.S. President George W. Bush was among the leaders who attended the Games.

'I don't always do what Mr. Bush does,' he said."
No, not always. But that's the working presumption. Thanks for confirming.