Saturday, August 16, 2008

Nomination Watch

David Orchard beats out Joan Beatty for the Desnethe-Missinippi-Churchill River Liberal nomination.

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  • Now that must make Ralph a real happy Saskatchewan camper and bring joy to Steffi in Ottawa.

    What about just appointing some women to get rid of the Poltergeist ?

    Steffi seems willing to do that little political trick elsewhere.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:45 p.m.  

  • fred, reasonable people would have understood the move to put Beatty in. I disagree with the process but as it stands the option is there and the Lib's were trying to make their committment of 33% real.

    They've exceeded it btw and are at 35%.

    After all the hoopla that people like you raised about this riding, it was smart to let it play out as it has.

    Orchard is a wild card, but he brings interesting ideas that negate his more controversial stances. Obviously the party is not going to shift on NAFTA.

    The Con rep is not to be ignored, but so far all I have seen is him standing in the House reading lame talking points.

    He's done nothing for the region.

    Whine about the internal politics of the Lib party all you want. At the end of the day the fight is between the Con's and Orchard.

    Let's discuss what's real shall we?

    By Blogger Karen, at 8:12 p.m.  

  • Well Joan Beatty's stock wasn't particularly high. Dion owes Orchard his nomination as leader as Orchard's delegates helped take him over the top at the convention in Montreal. Dion doesn't talk about it much and would rather he stay on the sidelines but Saskatchewan is going to be a tough sell for the Libs next election so he's probably not overly concerned that Orchard will be joining the Liberal caucus anytime soon.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:43 p.m.  

  • Ahahahahahha! He and his nutbar cultist supporters are your problem now! I can't wait for Dion to have to distance himself from Orchard's pro-Serbian remarks during the Kosovo war.

    By Blogger french wedding cat, at 9:28 p.m.  

  • Though, in the interest of balance, Orchard has aged really well, and looks good without the moustache.

    By Blogger french wedding cat, at 9:29 p.m.  

  • KNB, the Pundits' Guide actually has the Liberals at 38% women candidates right now (see here and click on the first query under "Queries for Current Election - Nomination Counts").

    However, perhaps there are some candidates that I don't have which you know about? In the table you get from clicking on that query, if you click on the red "Lib" hyperlink, it takes you to a list of Liberal candidates for the forthcoming general election (or click here). You can drill down and look at one province at a time if that helps. My source for the nomination is shown by a clickable icon, and I've been assembling links to all their websites, working in from both coasts.

    Anyway, please do send along any names you come across that I'm missing. Or send any candidate websites you have and I'll add them too.

    By Blogger The Pundits' Guide, at 11:00 p.m.  

  • Yes hoser, I'm happy to have any candidate that has a personal database the size of a small country and can raise money and votes like nobody else I've seen in sometime in the Liberal Party. If that's what you call cultists, I'll take 'em.

    By Blogger James Curran, at 12:09 a.m.  

  • "Though, in the interest of balance"


    By Blogger JimTan, at 1:12 a.m.  

  • I am glad that David Orchard was nominated for Desnethe-Missinippi-Churchill River.

    This time it was the grass roots that voted for him and not an appointment by DeYawn. Though I disagree with David on many areas, he still is the choice by people that know him and feel he has the best chance to win, according to the nomination committee.

    I hope David wins, if for no other reason than the Leader [DeYawn] should trust the people who know their area and needs and who is best to represent them. It will be an interesting ridding this time and worth watching. [IF DeYawn again parachutes another candidate into the ridding – which I hope he learned his lesson – then I feel it will be a big mistake.] Besides it will be interesting to have David in cabinet and express his views – After all DeYawn needs some representation from the West.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:20 a.m.  

  • Orchard's a nut but Dion couldn't squeeze him out twice so he didn't have a choice but to let the nomination go ahead.

    Dion would have lost the leadership without Orchard. He made his bed and now he needs to lay in it.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:32 a.m.  

  • "He made his bed and now he needs to lay in it."

    That's not a bed.

    That's a spike belt with a pillow.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:36 a.m.  

  • James Curran - one of the reasons the Liberals are saddled with Dion as leader is because of David Orchard. Look what happened to the PC's with Orchard's influence.

    With Orchard it's short term gain for long term pain.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:09 p.m.  

  • A surprisingly muted post from CG.. Throwing in the towel on your anti-Orchard crusade?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:01 p.m.  

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