Nice guys finish first

What a difference a day makes. Drunk on two leadership conventions and a quarter bottle of gin, Gnomes is basking in political overload. A proud two-minute-tory, I cast my vote for Ed Stelmach (or rather, against Ted Morton), and directed my goodwill towards Stéphan Dion. In the former case, it seems that I was part of a rather significant and perhaps decisive movement, while the latter effort remains purely a matter of faith. My earlier infatuation with Ignatieff, and predictions of his success, were but youthful indiscretions. I am older now, and, I hope, a little wiser.

I was particularly impressed by the Liberal convention as an exercise in team building. All that was missing was falling backwards and trusting someone else to catch them. I was captivated not only by the prurient is-he-crossing-the-floor-where-is-he-going drama of the convention, but by the confidence the entire process instilled in the ultimate winner, Stéphane Dion. Though some have qualms about his electability, I rest assured that he won’t be torn to pieces as vicsiously as Bob Rae would have been. And I still can’t find a single person who dislikes the guy, which is more than I can say for our current PM. I think he has the potential to run a very strong campaign, but only time will tell.

And what can one say of Morton’s third place finish except, “Perhaps this province isn’t quite so bad, after all.”

But for the frontrunner pairs in both the provincial PC and federal Liberal leadership races, the truth about the day is this:

They ate each other up.

~Gnomes

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1 Comment

  1. Gnomes said,

    Sunday, 3 December 2006 at 12:51 am

    And as if the day couldn’t get any better, this CBC article seems confirmation that the campaign to install “their” as a third-person singular gender-neutral possessive pronoun is progressing according to plan.
    None of the three contenders are poised to take a majority in the race to replace Ralph Klein as leader of Alberta’s Progressive Conservatives Saturday, likely leaving officials to drop a candidate from the ballot and tally their supporters’ second choice.


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