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I Am Skooter
So here's us, on the raggedy edge.
If your life is a leaf / that that the seasons tear off and condemn They will bind you with love / that is graceful and green as a stem
— Leonard Cohen, Sisters of Mercy
January 18, 2006
Paul Martin’s Public Image

Paul Martin’s voice is haggard, and rough. He’s unable to speak clearly anymore — sounding, instead, like he’s shouting into the microphone. The man is tired, and needs to be put out of his misery.

Keith Martin (no relation) on the other hand sounds like a desperate man. You’ll recall that Keith — the member for Esquimault-Juan de Fuca — was first elected as a Reformer. Like many others, he then supported the merger of the Progressive Conservative and Reform Party. Before the first election campaign run by the new Conservative Party Martin turned into a Liberal.

According to Martin, a leopard can’t change its spots and “if you scratch the surface of the party” it’s still the same old party.

What about the Liberals?

I suppose this means that the Liberals — the organized political party that’s been taking money out of your pocket for most of the last 12 years; the organization that calls itself the “natural governing party”, implying that Canadians aren’t capable of making a choice for anything else anymore; the party that is so unable to manage the fiscal coffers that surpluses have become the norm, without any reduction in taxes to minimize them — can’t change either.

That’s exactly the problem Mr. Martin. Hubris.

I called the last election a minority Liberal government a long long time ago, at the Liberal Party of Canada Caucus christmas party. I was mocked, and told that I couldn’t be more wrong and then…it turns out I was right. My rationale at the time: hubris and arrogance.

There’s no way I saw this coming though. Don’t believe me? Read what I wrote on November 24th.

He hasn’t won yet, but I don’t see any way this thing is swinging back to the Liberals at this point.

Posted by skooter at 7:04 AM This entry is filed under Politics.
This entry is tagged: Federal Election 2006, Paul Martin, Stephen Harper

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