Sunday, January 07, 2007

Insurrection

It seems that the Khan crossing won't turn into a major new story like Emerson's defection or Belinda's new hair colour. And given the low profile of the man involved and the lack of sensationalism in the crossing, that's not too surprising. As for my take:

1. To put it into perspective, a man who thought Joe Volpe was the best individual to lead the Liberal Party now feels that Stephen Harper is the best individual to lead the country. So this is not something Liberals need to lose a lot of sleep over.

2. My guess is that Khan's riding will bounce back to the Liberals next election. In that respect, this isn't terrible news for the Liberals since it opens up another winnable seat for them in Ontario to find a candidate for.

3. As for the numbers game, once again, it's not as big a deal as people make it out to be. The Liberals would be best served to wait before bringing down this government so if this allows the NDP to save the Tories, I don't think the Grits will lose much sleep over it. Stronach's crossing proved to be a blessing in disguise for Harper since it gave him more time to prepare for the 2006 election and Dion could use more time to get the Liberals ready.

4. Dion made the right call by making Khan chose between the party and whatever title Harper dreamed up for him ("special adviser because Peter MacKay doesn't know anything about the Middle East"). As much as we'd all like to see more bipartisanship (tripartisanship? quadpartisanship?) , having Khan as a special adviser to Harper just wasn't practical.

5. The optics of this are certainly better than of Emerson or Stronach who jumped straight to Cabinet and, because of that, it certainly seems less opportunistic than either of those two moves. This is especially true when compared to the Emerson crossing which was undeniably about David getting his Cabinet spot.


So, all in all, this is by no means a seismic event and I suspect that by the end of 2007, we'll have all forgotten about it.

12 Comments:

  • This is especially true when compared to the Emerson crossing which was undeniably about David getting his Cabinet spot.

    Emerson himself cheerfully admitted as much (is this guy cut out for politics, or what?).

    By Blogger IslandLiberal, at 7:48 PM  

  • Does anyone think the conservative candidate from 2006 in Mississauga Streetsville, Raminder Gill, will contest the nomination against Wajid Khan?
    Think again! Raminder Gill was APPOINTED to be a Citizenship Judge on October 31 2006!

    http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/press/06/0618-e.html

    Coincidence? Or did Monte Solberg bribe Raminder Gill with a nice patronage appointment to clear the way for Wajid Khan?

    By Blogger ktr, at 8:20 PM  

  • CG, while throwing more mud at Volpe you left out 2 important facts. True, Khan supported Volpe on the first ballot.
    Equally relevant is that Khan voted for Rae on the second and third ballot, so obviously I liked Rae too.
    Lastly, we cannot forget that on the fourth ballot...yup, DION. Khan told his delegates as well to vote for Dion over Ignatieff. I saw and heard this, as did many other media members.

    By Blogger ktr, at 8:24 PM  

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    By Blogger The Anonymous Green, at 8:35 PM  

  • Forgotten about what?

    And wasn't I supposed to go picket somewhere today? Didn't a petition bequeath it? I'm so forgetful!

    By Blogger Olaf, at 8:54 PM  

  • The big loser in this thing is turning out to be Jason Cherniak..dude's lost it.

    By Blogger JL, at 9:06 PM  

  • "special adviser because Peter MacKay doesn't know anything about the Middle East"

    Nah hah! Droll, Barney - very droll!

    I agree it's not that big a deal. I really don't understand why JC has made such a huge commotion out of it - it's best to shrug it off, like you have here.

    I didn't see the big issue with him giving advice to Harper. However, I do suspect that the Tories would have conniptions if a Conservative were advising Stephane Dion -- me, I just don't get all the fuss. But oh well.

    By Blogger Jason Bo Green, at 10:17 PM  

  • "Equally relevant is that Khan voted for Rae on the second and third ballot, so obviously I liked Rae too."
    I should have said
    "Equally relevant is that Khan voted for Rae on the second and third ballot, so obviously HE liked Rae too."

    By Blogger ktr, at 12:57 AM  

  • Yes, except you left one thing out. Dion and the Liberals took control of the situation out of the hands of Harper. Not to mention we can't be levered on the budget anymore. Good analysis this time still lacking credit for Dion though. That's ok he likes to be underestimated.

    By Blogger s.b., at 11:40 AM  

  • Jason Bo Green,

    I didn't see the big issue with him giving advice to Harper. However, I do suspect that the Tories would have conniptions if a Conservative were advising Stephane Dion -- me, I just don't get all the fuss. But oh well.

    I'm the exact same way. I love Dion, but I honestly don't see much of problem. We want bipartisanship. And Cherniak is nuts.

    By Blogger TheFwanksta, at 12:44 PM  

  • glad to see Garth Turner has now picked up on my thoughts of Mr Gill's coincidental patronage position

    By Blogger ktr, at 9:46 PM  

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