Musings —10.12.2011 03:53 PM—
Chantal Hebert is way, way smarter than me. But this column has me befuddled. To wit:
Grits were written off as dead in Ontario – and we did a 20-point turnaround to win a minor majority. Grits were supposedly in big trouble in PEI, and came back with a big majority. Quebec Grits were supposedly beyond hope just a few months ago, and now it is their main opponent that is dead or dying. Newfoundland Libs, with a new leader, were supposedly going to be replaced as Official Opposition by the NDP – but they weren’t. B.C. Liberals had joined the ranks of the walking dead, too, until Christy Clark made them competitive again, and the NDP aren’t looking nearly as smug anymore. And so on.
I’m not one to be complacent – we won the Ontario election because we weren’t, and because we took our opponents very, very seriously. But these periodic obituaries being penned by the commentariat are really starting to piss me off. They’re just wrong.
Anyway, I shouldn’t let the crepe-hangers irritate me, I guess. As Chretien once said to me, when some of his opponents were (again) spreading rumours that he was dying: “The best way to disprove these rumours about me dying,” he shrugged, “is to keep on living.”
And so he did.
And so will we.