20, March, 2008 | 12:43 am
While the pile-on Dion continues, a bit of reflection:
Collective Media Groupthink ("CMG"): “It is so unseemly to have disagreement on matters of war between the two major political parties in
Dion compromises on
CMG: “I can’t believe Dion caved like that on Afghanistan. I mean, it was the only issue he had going and he just handed it to Harper. He’s such a loser.”
CMG: “Dion is crazy if he forces an election any time soon. I mean, it would be just nuts to do it”
Dion decides to not cause an election through the only means possible – abstaining on confidence votes.
CMG: “Dion is killing himself and his party by not bringing down the government. He’s such a loser”
CMG: “Dion had better win at least three of the four by-elections this week or he is toast, I mean, really toast”
Dion wins three of four by-elections
CMG: “I cant believe Dion only won three of four by-elections and one of them was really, really close. This can only be taken as a repudiation of Dion. What a loser."
Finally, Media in March 2008: paints a picture of Dion winning the Liberal leadership as if he was some homeless guy who walked in off the streets of
But...but....Media in 2006:
Globe and Mail: “There is no perfect choice for Liberal delegates, but Stéphane Dion comes the closest to deserving their support for leader.” – Globe and Mail, November 26, 2006 Editorial Endorsing Dion
And I won’t even start pulling out quotes from folks on this site talking positively about the man.
The media may have bought into their own ridiculous narrative about it being a two man leadership race between Rae and Ignatieff but a plurality of papers in Canada thought Liberals SHOULD choose Dion - even if they thought Liberals WOULD choose Rae or Ignatieff.
I have about 100 problems with the Liberal Party of Canada these days – the party, its caucus, its members, its bloggers and yes, its leader are about three inches away from permanently turning into a sad caricature of a political party (I would include the party's symbolic bird, if only the party had one...). Even with that depressing state, some reality from time to time is called for.