Sunday, November 19, 2006

News Desk

I tend to think the next two weeks will be rather Liberal leadership intensive on this blog (stay turned for interviews with Kennedy and Rae to be posted early this week) so here are a few (mostly) non-leadership related stories to consider on Grey Cup Sunday.


1. OJ Simpson has less shame than anyone else alive. In unrelated news, Peter MacKay is set to release a new book "If I called her dog, here's how I really phrased it".


2. I'm surprised at the backlash the Howard Dean speech has been getting in Liberal circles. Considering everything Dean has done for grass roots party reform, fundraising, using technology, and the Democratic Party as a whole, he seems like the perfect person to talk to Liberals at this time when the party needs to adapt to the 21st Century and renew itself.


3. Trent Lott is the new Minority Whip in the Senate. I hope he understands that's not a literal title.


4. Via Daimnation:

Number of debut CDs sold by Kevin Federline: 3,000
Number of debut CDs sold by William Hung: 200,000


5. Ok, Ok, I lied - here's some Liberal leadership news for the day. Two profiles on Iggy here and here, Coyne on Rae, and, my personal favourite, Paul Jackson calls Gerard Kennedy "a radical left-wing activist" because he ran a foodbank.


6. Prediction: Als 28, Lions 25

8 Comments:

  • That's a whole Lott of irony there...

    By Blogger Glen, at 1:48 PM  

  • Let's be fair to Iggy. He didn't come home to first become leader of the Liberal Party. He came home to first become a Martin minister and then leader of the Liberal Party.

    That being said, the past 9 months have revealed that he is not ready to be leader of the Liberal Party. He needed that internship. Recent gaffes are evidence of that. Hopefully, he will stick around to be a minister in the next government. After that, he may be ready to be leader of the Liberal Party.

    On the otherhand, Gerard, a Westerner, a 10+ year veteran of provincial politics in Canada's largest province - 8 years in Opposition (critic of health and critic of education) and 2+ years as a very successful Minister of Education (with an annual budget greater than the annual budgets of Manitoba and New Brunswick combined) has been relatively gaffe-free.

    One question needs to be asked Convention weekend: Which candidate can the Liberal Party unite behind?

    An EKOS poll a few weeks back interviewing over 25% (1,124 of the 4,333) Liberal elected delegates, revealed when asked "Is there a candidate you would definitely NOT want to win?"

    0nly 2% (only 22 of 1,124) of delegates would NOT be happy with Gerard (who is in third and only 3% behind Rae in elected delegate support) as leader.

    Compare this to the other TOP 3 candidates: 23% (about 258 delegates) would NOT be happy with Iggy and 18% (about 202 delegates) would NOT be happy with Rae.

    To win the next federal election, the Liberal Party must unite behind one candidate (unfortunately, a significant number of people would not unite behind the two leadership candidates in front of Gerard).

    MississaugaPeter

    By Blogger Peter, at 2:36 PM  

  • Left-wing radical eh? It's too bad the Sun didn't hire as many intelligent writers for the news portion of the paper as they did for their sports section.

    By Blogger Kyle, at 2:55 PM  

  • #3 nearly caused me to fall out of my chair!

    By Blogger nbpolitico, at 4:06 PM  

  • Paul Jackson would call Mussolini "a radical left-wing activist"

    By Blogger Reality Bites, at 5:37 PM  

  • My letter to the editor of the Sun:

    Jackson has selective memory


    Paul Jackson, in his rush to bash anything to do with the Liberals,
    has conveniently forgotten the seven years of warm relations enjoyed
    between Jean Chretien and Bill Clinton. Jackson's memory becomes even murkier
    when he describes Gerard Kennedy's "left wing radical" past. Kennedy's sin
    in the eye of Paul Jackson? He ran a food bank.
    The Sun needs to give its columnists a history lesson.

    By Blogger LIB YYC, at 8:54 PM  

  • With Rae as leader, Kennedy may be called upon to run a food bank again soon. By then we'd need a left-wing pinko helping us!

    By Blogger petroom, at 10:21 AM  

  • "2. I'm surprised at the backlash the Howard Dean speech has been getting in Liberal circles. Considering everything Dean has done for grass roots party reform, fundraising, using technology, and the Democratic Party as a whole, he seems like the perfect person to talk to Liberals at this time when the party needs to adapt to the 21st Century and renew itself."

    If the CPC had a republican come up and speak to them, Liberal nation would begin foaming at the mouth, and churning out "hidden agenda" stories.

    I suppose it's nice to see a few Liberals act a tiny bit consistent here.....

    By Blogger Andrew, at 11:31 AM  

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