The ides of March are come

Suddenly it’s not so good to be the king. While his courtiers denounce the grave injustice and ingratitude of it all, Klein is set to join Jean Chrétien and Margaret Thatcher in the ranks of those leaders whose own party prompted an accelerated conclusion to a successful career. It couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy.

And what a ridiculous show the Tories are making of it, too. Not by Klein himself, who responded predictably and appropriately, but by his loyal followers. You hear that, Dinning? Loyalty. Look it up! How dare anyone suggest that this man, after all of his great works, be made to suffer such indignity! After all he has done for us!

This is a province, not a pasture, despite the similarity. If Klein’s party is beginning to think that he is done, then he is done. He doesn’t get to mill around for a couple more years on his record, handing out bundles of cash. Yet the notion that the party members are appropriately exercising their democratic rights seems lost amid a sea of lamentations that Klein deserves his throne.

And what should rise from the past but the gaunt spectre of Preston Manning, suddenly making the reign of King Ralph look like it might be the good old days. For those counting, that’s three rounds in the revolver for the game of Russian roulette that is the leadership race.

~ Gnomes



  1. Gauntlet said,

    Wednesday, 5 April 2006 at 11:45 am

    Oh, it could have happened to a nicer guy. Like, a guy who doesn’t throw money at homeless people and books and teenagers.

    There’s a real question of whether or not party members are exercising their democratic rights in this leadership vote. Delegates to the convention were not elected, but appointed by the riding association presidents. That’s a small group of powerful individuals to be in infiltrated by a leadership team.

    So this vote doesn’t necessarily tell us what the party thinks. Even less so than if it had been a democratic process. 🙂

    I have to agree, though. Seeing Iris Evans on three different news channels wiping tears away from her face just made me think there were a whole crapload of people who had drunk the Klein koolaid.

    Maybe it’s not fair what’s happening to him. Probably, even. But since when does fair matter in politics? How detached are the PCs from reality that they think it’s not fair that their leader should be open to challenges that he failed to protect himself from?

  2. Gauntlet said,

    Monday, 7 August 2006 at 7:18 pm

    By the way: “Since 2005” on your title bar should be changed to “Hasn’t posted since 2005.” Where are you guys?–>

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