Musings —04.20.2011 06:48 AM—
- Gouge Away: That’s what I was humming, last night, at the Pixies concert at Massey Hall. They played all of ‘Doolittle,’ start to finish. People danced in their seats. It was weird. Anyway, it meant I missed the now-legendary Michael Ignatieff-Peter Mansbridge thing. Sorry. Rock’n’roll comes first. That said…this election is weird.
- Nanos thinks so: Shockingly, stunningly, your daily poll crack has the parties….where they pretty much were when this thing started. Conservatives without a majority, Liberals without a minority, and the NDP where it’s been for the past half-decade or so. My advice: start a fun new drinking game! On the morning of May 3, do a shooter every time you hear someone say “Why the Hell did we have an election, anyway?” You’ll be comatose, and possibly dead of alcohol poisoning, by noon.
- Scandalizers think so: The Carson scandal has it all: ex-cons in the corridors of power! Fraud! Patronage! Dirty deals! Hookers hanging out with cabinet ministers! And…is it having any measureable impact on the election campaign? Not that I can see. The media care, the Opposition care, the voters mainly don’t. Weird.
- Columnists think so: Opinionizers are befuddled and bewildered by this election campaign, veering from obituaries to paeans all on the same day. Dan Gardner, for instance, who is super-smart and usually cranky, writes this historical analysis of Iggy’s predicament. It’s a fun read, but it’s wrong. Libs win by campaigning from the Left and governing from the Right. That has been the Igster’s biggest error. Going Right, and staying there.
- Analysts think so: This fellow, who seems intelligent, thinks people aren’t inspired about our leaders. Um, I don’t think so. Conservatives think Harper has done smashingly well; Liberals feel the same way about Ignatieff; and pretty much everyone is impressed by Jack Layton (I’m one of them – running a campaign like he has, when fighting cancer? Wow.) The problem is that our politics have become entrenched, I think: the Cons have a lock on their 30 to 35 per cent, and everyone else fights about the remainder, for eternity. It’s like a bad Star Trek episode.
- Even authors think so! Here, Margaret Atwood gets in on the analysis act, trying to poke through the entrails and figure it all out. My advice: stick to fiction, Maggie. This thing is weirder than a novel.
- Weird pic: We have a winner! And I found it all on my own!