Saturday, February 02, 2013
C'Mon, Show of Hands. Who Watched the Debate?
If being underwhelming would attract votes, the Liberal Party would be in for a huge majority in the next election. Then again, if they could win elections by courting Bay Street instead of Main Street, they would also be a shoo-in.
Although I've left the Party I actually watched what was heralded a leadership debate. As far as I could tell that was so much false advertising, straight bait and switch.
By what they said, and avoided mentioning, it's pretty clear that most of them will back the Northern Gateway albeit with an appropriate measure of solemn reluctance and regret. The only candidate opposed to the pipelines, Joyce Murray, probably doesn't stand a chance.
Pitifully bereft of substance, bursting at the seams with platitudes, the bevy of candidates just came across as - well, old - old and clapped out.
What I saw was a gang of aspirants empty of vision and, hence, utterly uninspiring.
I would have loved for each of the candidates to explain why, in their view, the Liberal Party went from Sussex Drive to Stornoway to Motel 6 out on the Gloucester highway. What mistakes were made and how are they going to make them right? How are they going to once again connect with the voting public and the politically disaffected? What do they think matters to those people, those who actually show up to cast ballots and those who shrug and say "why bother?"
Update - The stat counter shows this post has received a moderate number of viewers. I have to assume a bare majority of those are Liberal supporters. So why not even one comment to dispute my suppositions? Has everyone thrown in the towel?