After last night's unfair pistol-whipping on the National, it's important to remember that the CBC's 'At-Issue' panel (or other members of the chattering media establishment) never elected anybody to anything. These same folks declared Stephen Harper dead politically as late as November 2005, let's not forget.
It's clear that Chantal Hebert continues to hold a massive grudge against Stephane Dion, perhaps over the Clarity Act; she has had almost nothing positive to say about Mr. Dion since he won the leadership. In that leadership race, she spared no opportunity to grill him over the coals for being "out of touch" with modern Quebec. At least modern Quebec as she sees it. She's merely been lucky that the Conservative advertising campaign against Dion has been so effective, and many of her Ottawa colleagues have bought into it.
Also what qualifies Gordon Gibson to speak for British Columbia? Just asking.
It does seem strange that a guy who wins 3 out of 4 byelections and 41,136 votes on Monday night (Stephane Dion) is declared the bigger loser over the guy who won zero seats and only 10,297 votes (Jack Layton).
Stephen Harper won one seat and took 24,780 votes, but he's declared the big winner of course. The Greens took 8,645 votes, but still managed to steal Jack Layton's and Stephane Dion's thunder.
Last night's panel was the kind of commentary particularly condemned in this excellent piece today on the Obama effect by Susan Riley, easily the best read in the paper's this Good Friday.
Here's a snippet:
"Is there an Obama here (in Canada)? Not yet. But the Green Party and its articulate leader, Elizabeth May, while still on the political margins, offer a glimpse, at least, of less destructively competitive, more positive, vision. It started with May and Liberal leader Stéphane Dion's agreement not to run candidates against one another in the next election, an unorthodox, principle-based alliance aimed at advancing a green agenda. As the Greens become more threatening -- their surprising surge in Vancouver Quadra apparently came at the expense of Liberal votes -- the relationship may fray. For now, however, says May, "if Stéphane Dion can keep trying to be collaborative, I'll try too, even if we're in a system that discourages co-operation."
Let's not forget the 'At-Issue' panel, led by Chantal Hebert, had little but condemnation for the Dion-May move in Central Nova.
For more on this, check out my friend Mushroom's similar post on Obama's authenticity today as well. Sobering reading after so much crap in the MSM this week.