Saturday, October 04, 2008
So ... how about that upcoming Canadian election? No, not that one ... the one right after that.
I mean, of course, the one that Stephen the Corpulent will call immediately after being returned to power with a minority government. What, you had no idea? Pshaw ... let me explain.
We have, naturally, been subjected to the most loathsome, weaselly logic emanating from the nether regions of one Stephen Harper and his adoring Stepford-bots, explaining that this imminent election was absolutely necessary, what with the precariousness of a minority government, and the need for "certainty" on the part of the Canadian electorate, and the fact that Parliament had "lost confidence" in the lying, festering sack of pus that is Stephen Harper and on and on and ... well, you get the idea. But say we have an election, and nothing much changes. Then what?
Then, I will assume that Stephen the Bloviating, wielding exactly the same logic and analysis as before, will -- even before bums are back in seats in Ottawa -- be oozing across the street to Rideau Hall, asking the G-G for another election. After all, why wouldn't he?
Nothing would have changed. His government would still be a minority, it would still be as precariously fragile, and the contempt for him held by members of the Opposition would be at least as palpable. So, under those circumstances, one would have to conclude that we might as well not even make ourselves comfortable since we should expect to be trudging back to the polls in a couple of months, yes?
But wait, you say! That's ridiculous, no one would inflict that on Canadians. And why not, I ask? If one takes Harper seriously that the current set of circumstances left him no choice but to dissolve Parliament and go to the polls, then the same set of circumstances should demand no less. Again. And again. And again.
And if it doesn't, then Harper should have to answer for, if the election doesn't really change the political dynamic, why he doesn't see the pressing need for another election. Because if that "logic" allegedly worked once, then it would be interesting to hear why it suddenly wasn't so compelling an argument the second time under identical circumstances. And why he wasted everyone's time and money in the first place.
And if I was the Canadian mainstream media, that's a question I'd be tempted to ask. Sadly, I am not the Canadian mainstream media. I have balls.
Yup, there they are.