Musings —01.30.2012 09:00 AM—
For the Conservatives, they’re down a bit, but not enough to relinquish the gold medal spot they’ve had for many, many months. For those of you who say the Harpies have become a Seinfeld government—a government about nothing—you’re likely to get the polls quoted back to you.
Staying out of the papers, the Harper folks will say, works. Canadians don’t like drama, at least when it comes to governing. Do your thing and stay out of our lives. Harper seems to be heeding that admonition, for now.
In second place, the silver medal spot, goes to the New Democrats. How they’ve remained there is, truly, an Olympian feat. It’s a mystery. They’ve done and said nothing—precisely nothing—for month after month. But in second place, they remain.
Sure, they’ve slipped a bit in Quebec and elsewhere. Sure, the media are grumpy about their boring leadership race. But—as a Dipper will no doubt tell you—they’re not a passing fad. Jack Layton put them in second place, and in second place they remain.
My beloved Liberals, meanwhile, have been maddeningly mired in third place—ignominious bronze medal status—for months. In the last couple weeks of the May 2011 campaign, we slid to third party status, and we’re stuck there.
Given how spectacularly dull the NDP leadership contest has been—and given how do-nothing the Harper folks have been, in the face of continuing economic turmoil in Europe and the U.S.—I find that frustrating as hell.