Tuesday, October 28, 2008

"Deficit Jim" gains traction...

A few late afternoon notes...

Don Martin today: "Flaherty poised to be 'Deficit Jim'." Nice column title...:)
Before this economic downturn hits bottom, it's almost a given Mr. Flaherty will wear the Deficit Jim label as the Conservative who put the red back into Canada's budget books for the first time since they were balanced in the mid-1990s.
A thorough critique of the wisdom of putting Deficit Jim back in charge of the federal coffers.

When you have an aide out there describing your running mate as a "whack job," this is truly a novel electoral strategy at work. Reminds me of a recent campaign in this here part of the world...

Kudos to the Khadr lawyers who are still fighting the good fight. In Federal Court today seeking judicial review of Harper's refusal to seek Khadr's repatriation, arguing the duty is "triggered given the numerous violations of Khadr's rights under both the Canadian Charter and international law and agreements, such as the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child." The government's position is general: "The Crown maintains Ottawa has no legal duty under international law to help a Canadian abroad." Khadr's circumstances may lead the court to determine otherwise. May.

There was a very interesting column by David Brooks in the NY Times today, not political, but about "The Behavioral Revolution." Suggesting that decision-making as we have known it is in for great change.
My sense is that this financial crisis is going to amount to a coming-out party for behavioral economists and others who are bringing sophisticated psychology to the realm of public policy. At least these folks have plausible explanations for why so many people could have been so gigantically wrong about the risks they were taking.
Worth a look.

Voters have stood in line for 12 hours in Georgia! Unbelievable!

McKenna's out...not surprising at all. Dominic LeBlanc is in. Interesting candidate who will bear watching.