Musings —08.19.2015 07:48 AM—
- A loose cannon: Noun – a person who cannot be controlled and who does or says things that cause problems, embarrassment, etc., for others
- There are a few rolling around on deck, today. Now, of course, whether someone is a “loose cannon” or not is quite subjective. It is in the eye of the cannon beholder, you might say. I’ve been called one, in my day. But I believe that you sometimes need to take big risks, in order to score on an opponent. Like with this trip down memory lane. (My good pal Jon Kay said I won the 2000 election with that stunt, but that isn’t true. Anyway, I digress.)
- Randy White is a loose cannon. And he’s back in the news, broadly hinting that he’s going to be voting for the godless socialists. My only advice to my Bolshevik pals? Be very, very careful. This is the same guy who sank the Conservative campaign in 2004, snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, when he mused out loud about overruling judges and the Charter.
- Asa was a loose cannon, too. And as we documented on these pages yesterday, the charming Calgary Liberal candidate had some decidedly less-than-charming things to say about others. To her credit, Asa decided she had become a liability and pulled the plug.
- Donald Trump is the Father of all Loose Cannons. But he’s using his enhanced loose cannon status to win the Republican race and now, look quite competitive with the Democratic Party front runner. To wit, being a loose cannon can raise all boats just as much as it can sink all boats. Trump is proving that, at a historic level. However much he is a racist piece of human garbage, he’s doing it.
- Loose cannons roll around on the deck, sure. But sometimes they can score a direct hit on the other side, too. As Chrétien used to say me: “If you don’t try, you won’t lose. But if you do try, you might win.” Fire!