Musings —04.20.2016 07:18 AM—
Some of us – okay, me, Michael Diamond and Brian Kelcey, and that’s it, pretty much – flipped back and forth between the coverage of the New York primary and Manitoba election last night. Out of that, some important similarities and dissimilarities can be observed.
- Premier-to-be Brian Pallister is really tall. So is Hillary Clinton bestie and New York City mayor Bill de Blasio. Pallister is 6’8″ and de Blasio is 6’5″. Conclusion: tall people did well last night.
- Manitoba has 1.3 million people living in 250,946 square miles. New York State covers 54,475 square miles, and has 19.8 million people in it. Conclusion: you are more likely to find inexpensive parking in Manitoba.
- Pallister was a powerful provincial cabinet minister from 1995 to 1997, and then he wielded no real power after that. Hillary Clinton was a powerful Senator from 2000 to 2008, and didn’t hold elected office after that. Conclusion: both were insiders and then were sort of outsiders, and – as of last night – are well on their way to becoming powerful insiders again. Kind of lame, I know, but you get what you pay for, etc.
- Some people liked to compare Pallister to Trump. They even made a web site. It didn’t work. Both got big wins last night. Conclusion: being Donald Trump, or being someone who is supposedly like Donald Trump, didn’t matter.
Here’s some helpful graphics, too. The New York Times one is prettier. Get with it, CBC.