Thursday, March 06, 2008

I Am Officially Boycotting Posting On This Ian Brodie Scandal...

...until people stop calling it "NAFTA-gate".

Is it just me, or is there anything more annoying in politics than that need to "gate" suffix every scandal out there?


  • Adscam was certainly a welcome reprieve from the constant -gate suffix.

    By Blogger Mike514, at 7:47 p.m.  

  • To borrow from the philosopher Stewart, Nixon et al worked too hard breaking into that hotel room and subsequently covering it up for us to just haphazardly apply "-gate" to every scandal since.

    By Blogger Par, at 8:06 p.m.  

  • Would you prefer NAFTAscam? That seems to be de rigeur.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:22 p.m.  

  • How about something cute. Brodie's boo boo. The Bordie brew-ha-ha Harper's two leak monty.

    By Blogger Koby, at 8:49 p.m.  

  • Lou Dobbs called it 'Obama-gate' but that doesn't help you either.

    By Blogger Joanne (True Blue), at 9:37 p.m.  

  • The sheer number of 'scandal's' that the Conservatives have stepped into are starting to mount - perhaps we could start assigning numbers to them:
    #1 - NAFTA-gate
    #2 - The Baird/O'Brien Scandal
    #3 - The Cadman Affair

    There will be more. This is what inevitably happens to Tory administrations.

    By Blogger leftdog, at 10:24 p.m.  

  • This is what inevitably happens to Tory administrations.

    Yes, non-Tory administrations notoriously run scandal-free.

    By Blogger Par, at 10:58 p.m.  

  • Well said!

    The -gate to ever political scandal really has to end.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:52 p.m.  

  • I am hoping that Sandra Buckler issues a "categorical" denial tomorrow that Ian Brodie was involved. ;)

    They make quite the pair those two. Neoconservative Miss Speak meet Republican Master Stroke.

    By Blogger Aaron, at 12:17 a.m.  


    Grrr, the whole "-gate" suffix makes me so mad. Are reporters really that un-creative? Every time I hear it someone use it I turn off the tv or radio, or if I read it I simple close the paper or flip to a new webpage. I figure if you really don't have anything better than "Whatever-gate" then why the hell should I read your drivel.


    By Blogger DJ Kelly, at 12:20 a.m.  

  • How about calling it the "Nafta-Scrum" Affair?

    By Blogger Concerned Albertan, at 2:15 a.m.  

  • We need a scandal involving water.

    That would surely end the -gate suffix. You couldn't call this new hypothetical scandal "Watergate" because that's already taken.

    That should shake up the people who suggest these scandal names. Harper should provoke some sort of water-related scandal.

    By Blogger Mike514, at 10:46 a.m.  

  • If ever there's a scandal involving someone improperly receiving a new gate, I reserve the right to call said scandal Gategate.

    By Blogger WJM, at 10:56 a.m.  

  • The running joke is that a "gaffe" is when a politician gets caught telling the truth. I guess the same holds true when a political staffer or embassy employee gets caught telling the truth.

    You didn't need a phone call from either the Clinton or Obama camps to know that their anti-NAFTA rhetoric was simply cheap posturing to win votes in Ohio. Has either candidate mentioned NAFTA since the Ohio primaries wrapped up? I didn't think so. The fact is that NAFTA stands up pretty well as a model for fair trade, one that the U.S. would very much like to have in place with other trading partners. No new President, Democrat or GOP, is going to propose any significant changes to it.

    The scandal here isn't that a Canadian official told the truth. The scandal is that Clinton and Obama were both engaging in disingenuous pandering in Ohio to win union votes. That's why Barry is so angry and embarrassed - got caught practicing the very same old school politics he decries. He deserves all the heat he is getting as a result.

    Say this for John McCain - he went into Michigan and told the truth in that many of the lost jobs in the auto manufacturing sector aren't ever coming back. It cost him the Michigan primary to Mitt Romney, who was willing to say anything to anyone. Now, however, McCain has won the nomination, and still has his credibility intact. There is a lesson there somewhere.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:10 a.m.  

  • We need fewer scams and gates, and more "affairs". This could be the Brodie Affair, the Nafta Affair, or the Canadian Affair.

    By Blogger french wedding cat, at 2:01 p.m.  

  • "That's a 'gate' already? No way does that qualify as a 'gate!'"
    -- Josh Lyman

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:59 a.m.  

  • "How did Memogate get a "gate"? How did Nipplegate get a "gate"? We invaded a country with the wrong information, and Janet Jackson's tit got a "gate". Who gives out the "gates"? Is there a "Gate"-gate? Is there a, a... I mean, it's absolute... We're living in insanity!"
    -Jon Stewart

    By Blogger Mr.E, at 12:54 a.m.  

  • Thanks for your article, pretty useful piece of writing.

    By Anonymous, at 3:22 a.m.  

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