Friday, November 28, 2008


Broadbent twinkles and mentions a certain long walk in the snow.

I'm beginning to think this is actually going to happen. Stephen Harper figured he'd either mortally wound the Liberals by ramming through this deliberate governmental suppression of political opposition, or it would trigger another election and give Harper a chance at a majority do-over.

He didn't count on the opposition deciding that they hated him more than they did each other.


JF said...

Glad I wasn't the only one who noticed the semi-interrupted "Walk in the snow" comment. That was a big tip off (To me anyways) that all parties concerned are actually serious about doing this.

Bring on Coalition Gov't I say. It was an inevitable development since it seems minority gov't are more and more likely the new normal. Better sooner then later.

Dumoustier said...

Heh, indeed. Carol Off had John Baird on As It Happens tonight, and the first thing she said to him was that the word she'd been hearing all day, from all over, was "miscalculation".

Baird dodged it, of course, and went into that already stale talking point "While we've been working on the economy, the opposition has been cooking up deals in backrooms", and since Barbara Frum wasn't there to pin his writhing carcass to the dissection table and fillet an answer out of him, that's all we got on it.

Then I saw a commenter over at Andrew Steele's blog (at the G&M) observe that Harper hasn't studied his Sun Tzu. Old Sun warned against backing your enemy up against the hills with no way out -- cornering him -- because then he'll have no choice but to turn and fight you. And fights are chancy; you might win, but you might not, and even if you do win your army will get bloodied. Why risk it if you can avoid it?

I'd add that Sun Tzu probably had some advice about multiple enemies, such as: if you are fighting two or more opponents, and they are divided in counsel and objectives, keep them so, and do not give them a reason to combine against you.

(And if he didn't say that, well, he should have.)

Miscalculation indeed. He clearly didn't expect the opposition to join forces, turn about, and give challenge. (Oh, to be a fly on the wall in the PMO when that bit of news came in.)

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