Musings —04.24.2012 11:04 AM—
For the past while, I’ve been pretty open about my enthusiasm for Alison Redford. I’ve also been pretty critical of her main opponent, Wildrose’s Danielle Smith. I haven’t hidden it.
As such, I’ve gotten a few tweets sent my way, some of which I would like to share for your amusement. I wanted to put them on this web site before they end up down the memory hole, like quite a few pundits’ prognostications.
Here’s a sampling from your garden variety Wildrose supporters.
Those were fun. Now, I also heard from some well-known people. Here’s what three conservative pundits (whom I like a great deal) told me when I suggested that Danielle Smith would pay a price for not condemning extremists in her midst:
Those were fun, too. I also heard from pollsters, however. Here’s what some of them had to say about my suggestion (in a column) that Smith would pay a price and (in a posting) that Redford would win:
“Pay attention”! Ha! I like that. Best of all, however, was National Post reporter Jen Gerson. She was assigned to cover the Alberta election. I had thought Jen was pretty smart, but I’m not so sure about that anymore. For instance, I suggested on Facebook, Twitter and on this web site, that Wildrose extremism – like the lunatic who called for David Suzuki to be assassinated – was newsworthy, and would hurt Wildrose. Jen disagreed. Jen, who knows better, had this to say:
Get that? “Actual stories.” Like, saying gays will burn in Hell, or saying that whites are better, or calling for political adversaries to be murdered aren’t, you know, such a big deal. But I’m a bit slow, so I pressed Jen on the issue. I disagreed with her; I expressed puzzlement with her disinterest. This is what she came back with:
Isn’t that nice? What a nice person.
Anyway, you get the point, I suspect. Last night wasn’t just a big political deal. It was a big deal for four “Ps” – partisans, pundits, pollsters and press people.
Most of them were wrong, wrong, wrong. In politics, as in life, you should always ask this question: “What if I’m wrong?” I certainly am, often. In the past few days, however, so were quite a few other people. And, thanks to the wonder that is Twitter, the proof is there for us all to behold.
Have a good one, tweeters!