, 07.20.2019 07:59 AM

Highly-scientific survey™️: The Return of the Ger-i

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  1. Douglas W says:

    We knew he’d be back. Inevitable. Let’s see how good he is this time around? Because defending the brand and a government’s track record is a lot harder than attacking a sitting (Harper) government that had worn out its welcome.

  2. the salamanders says:

    .. I would trust the guy as far as I could throw him.. (Scheer fits that category too)

    Truly tho.. he skinned out of the Lavalin debacle.. fullfilled his destiny involving pushing trashing ms Wilson-Reybould.. set the table for mrs Philpott’s escape. But he got out when the gettin was good.. Trudeau soldiered or muddled on manfully..

    I don’t ‘do polls’ .. any, nada nonesville.

    But I grant you my vote.. how’s that ?

    The guy is now megawealthy.. so he sure aint hurtin at the bank.. but he is stuck in his own Canadian skin.. That a little harder to shake off eh ?

    Canadians measure or appraise folks in different ways.. And so just like it was spun.. Ms Wilson-Reybould and Mrs Jane Philpott.. so mr Butts gets measured.. even remembered.. even written about in Case Studies of Law

    Sad to see or say.. but I got stomg whiffs of that old Ray Novak smell.. Anyway.. that’s what I wonder about.. I give not a shite if Justin resurrects Butts.. Do so before THE ELECTION .. a clown move

  3. Ronald O'Dowd says:

    Apparently, you and I don’t live on the same planet as those people. They will tank fast in the polls and it won’t be recoverable. This just put Scheer in the PM’s chair.

    What utter disregard and contempt for voters. Beyond reason.

    • Douglas W says:

      Will this draw the ire of JW-R and Dr. JP? These exceptional women may have pictures.

      • Ronald O'Dowd says:


        The problem with JWR is that she remains conflicted: she’s still a Liberal at heart. She has to decide which is more important, surrendering future leadership ambitions and actively cleaning up the party post-defeat OR playing a chess game and biding her time up until the next leadership race. She can’t pull off both and she knows it.

  4. The Doctor says:

    Hah! Reminds me of the Shiela Copps resignation-that-really-wasn’t-a-resignation-after-all. A Liberal Party specialty.

  5. the real Sean says:

    The *not crazy wing* of the Liberal Party should be cheering this. Anything that contributes to the end of the PM Zoolander disaster is a good thing.

  6. Max says:

    This indicates a few things – how thin on talent the Liberal War Room is; how Trudeau is so not ready to lead; and how rudderless the Liberal Party is. The LPC is no better that the Republicans – not a whimper from MPs or the membership when their leader does gross, unethical things such as bringing back Butts. And yet, most die hard Liberals will find a way to rationalize voting for Sockboy Groping, Indigenous-insulting, ethically-challenged LPC Leader. TRuth be told, PET wouldn’t tap him for a Junior Parliamentary Secretary post.

  7. Doug says:

    I voted all of the above but believe that Butts’ involvement improves Liberal prospects. He may be evil, but he is the only brain in the inner circle.

    • Douglas W says:

      JT may fear that, without Butts, his campaign will tank.

    • Ronald O'Dowd says:


      Butts is not evil by any stretch of the imagination. My impression was that he left on principle. Apparently not. That’s it in a nutshell.

      • Douglas W says:

        Ron: Butts never left.

      • Fred from BC says:

        I never did figure out why Butts actually ‘resigned’ in the first place, while at the same time claiming that he had done nothing wrong. That’s just not how that works, sorry…

        • Tod Cowen says:

          Not rocket science. (Since space exploration is Warren’s theme of the week.) The opposition parties and parts of the punditry would have bellowed ever-increasing levels of outrage until Butts left–ditto for Wernick. The latter picked a decent excuse to get out of the line of fire, and the former knew his departure was a prerequisite to deflating the story. And departing when he did created enough of an interval that he could come back in a campaign role. My guess is that Joe and Jane Frontporch will see this as inside baseball, and will pay scant attention. I’m sure he’ll have very little visibility outside the campaign, but he won’t need to be externally visible to be effective.

          • Ronald O'Dowd says:


            How much did the average Jane and Joe know about SNC, much less Norman? And yet it was enough for them to severely tank– as they will do again in short order. Elections are all about perception not reality. And they look, at the very least, too clever by half with this one. Translation: BOOM!

          • Fred from BC says:

            Maybe. I get why Wernick left (she got him on tape) but the Gerald Butts issue was still a matter of ‘he said/she said’. Didn’t really deflate the story, either…Michael Wernick did that, quite a bit later. We’ll see.

  8. Lawrence Barry says:

    Does this mean you can put lipstick on a pig?

  9. Gilbert says:

    If we want to make voters forget about the SNC-Lavalin scandal, this is the wrong way to do it. It gives me the impression that the prime minister is really desperate, and that he believes he needs Gerald Butts to have any chance of winning.

    If he were clever, he would have communicated with Gerald Butts until election day in secret, but perhaps he was worried that his opponents would find out about it. I think the electorate will agree that budgets don’t balance themselves. I also think the electorate is ready for a change.

  10. the salamanders says:

    .. a day has passed.. now I realize Butts is back, formally.. We don’t wish to compare mr Butts to Ray Novak or a Stephen Lecce.. fresh outta but not ‘out’.. of Western Poli Sci & reload my Harper derangement syndrome.. so let’s, shall we !!

    The idea or concept that ‘THE SECOND MOST POWERFUL POLITICIAN IN CANADA’ is an annointment or appointment.. RANKLES .. (whew.. I feel better ‘outing’ that.. its like accepting that Laureen chose to live in the Chateau Laurier with a Mountie not named Steve)

    I mean hey ! Who does mr Butts think he is.. some sort of Hamish Marshall guru ? Or that extreme evangelical bud of Doug Ford.. whatshisname.. that he hangs with in his basement rec room, munching down vegan snacks & discussing orthodoxology & sex ed curriculum ?

    Who does Jason Kenney hobnob with, go for Alberta BBQ with ? Who is his trusty bestie ? When they used to hang out in Jason’s mommy’s basement.. or his actual home in Ottawa while pretending to be an Albertan ?

    Ya gotta have an ’eminence grease’ eh ? A guy with a pipe, some weed, to hang on the garage roof with.. toss around ideas re ms Wilson-Reybould angling for your Prime Minister’s job.. (that she witch!) or buying a 60 year old dilbit pipeline & pretending its ‘oil’ for Asia’s precious unicorn dollars which will flow (or prance) and fund your Green Dream

    OK .. Butts is now annointed – SMARTEST GUY IN THE ROOM.. (in Canada eh) all bow .. he’s the – all shiny and new, buffed up Ray Novak of this era.. He the question mark & the mysterious.. Bringin the 96 tears ?

  11. Douglas W says:

    Images of Butts, JT, and JW-R/JP side-by-side-by-side, in an Opposition election ad: effective, or flogging a dead horse?

  12. Douglas W says:

    Who’s running the war rooms for the Conservatives and New Democrats?

    • Ronald O'Dowd says:


      Seems to me that Hamish is top dog for the CPC but I stand to be corrected. NDP: haven’t got a clue. Anyone?

  13. Fred J Pertanson says:

    Stupidity or desperation?

    Probably a bit of both.

    Massive Liberal fail. IMHO.

    Cheers, Warren.

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