Stephen Harper: Not a Sports Fan

I haven’t really been watching the Olympics all that avidly over the weekend, but had vaguely wondered why Stephen Harper didn’t appear to be there. Now we learn the answer via this morning’s Globe & Mail:

“Why would a political leader go to a non-political event?” Secretary of State Jason Kenney said yesterday on CTV’s Question Period.

Well, of course. Why would there even be the need to ask? I mean, going to the Olympics would be just such a dumb thing to do.

Thank goodness, there’s at least one adult in the Conservative cabinet:

Mr. Emerson said the media and other critics of China’s human-rights record should consider where the country was 30 years ago.

“China has reduced poverty more than any other country in the history of the world,” he said. “Have they reached the Nirvana, the pinnacle of where we’d like them to be in terms of democracy and human rights? No, but they’ve come a long, long way.”

Precisely.

16 Replies to “Stephen Harper: Not a Sports Fan”

  1. But wait…. didn’t Harper go on the TSN telecast of the World Juniors a couple years ago and discuss hockey? And isn’t he writing some book about the history of hockey? So, he is a sports fan, perhaps just not a fan of amateur sports….

  2. “Why would a political leader go to a non-political event?” Secretary of State Jason Kenney said yesterday on CTV’s Question Period.

    Well, of course. Why would there even be the need to ask? I mean, going to the Olympics would be just such a dumb thing to do.

    Well, Harper isn’t required to go. If Bush does, that is his business.

    So many times you and many other Liberals whined and blathered that Harper is Bush’s lapdog and does his bidding. Now when Bush does something that Harper doesn’t, you offer an example of the opposite and “vaguely wondered” why not.

    Do Liberals usually make a living out of being hypocrites?

  3. KNB — As that professor said about Canada-China relations and the failure of Harper’s administration to engage: “This government has it all wrong.”

  4. Barkman: Correction. I’ve never said that Harper was Bush’s lapdog.

    I have said that politically, the Conservative party does show some disturbing affinity with tactics of the GOP.

    So, do “Conservative” supporters usually making a living out of being LIARS?

    A: Yes.

  5. I have said that politically, the Conservative party does show some disturbing affinity with tactics of the GOP.

    Uh huh, and this not what that means at all. And not one of your various sycophants has ever said exactly that Harper was Bush’s lapdog.

    At least try and be honest if you can’t help being a hypocrite.

  6. So many times you and many other Liberals whined and blathered that Harper is Bush’s lapdog and does his bidding.

    It’s not on trivial issues like this. It’s about substantive issues…invasion of Iraq, tough-on-crime crapola, faith-based crapola, free trade crapola, constant campaigning crapola, etc. etc.

    ….and then, there all the links between the Harproids and the Republican Party. Not links for reasons of information exchange, but active involvement, such as Rob Anders campaigning for James Inhofe and Diane Haskett campaigning for Elizabeth Dole.

    I don’t think Harper does Bush’s bidding. I think Harper willingly and with great conviction believes the Bush neocons are correct.

  7. Not links for reasons of information exchange, but active involvement, such as Rob Anders campaigning for James Inhofe and Diane Haskett campaigning for Elizabeth Dole.

    Much unlike Howard Dean being a keynote speaker at a Liberal party convention.

  8. Barkman — No, that’s not what it means at all. Being a “lapdog” or a “poodle” in terms of policy isn’t the same thing as emulating the tactics of another party. I realize that may be a little too much of a nuanced distinction for you, but there is a difference between the two things. Accusing Harper of being a “lapdog” would indicate that he acts at the behest of Bush or acts in ways to curry favour with the Republican administration. It’s never struck me that this was the case with Harper, despite appearances that might lead one to think that. I know many others do think this and have accused him of that behaviour. However, I haven’t and yet you accused me of doing it “many times.”

    Simply not true.

    And besides, I’m not suggesting that Harper should be there simply because Bush is (which is what you seem to be accusing me of doing to make your “hypocrisy” charge stick), I’m just illustrating that it’s possible to mix politics and sports. I mean, I could have picked the French President as well, but Bush seemed easier in terms of making a quick news story reference.

  9. Much unlike Howard Dean being a keynote speaker at a Liberal party convention.

    Very much unlike. Did you read my comment, or do you think simply putting two things side by side establishes a meaningful relationship?

  10. Off-topic: David Frum as lost his mind:

    “But there’s becoming a pattern here: the flinging of reckless charges of fraud against Jews in and around the administration, without regard to evidence or even surface plausibility. ”

    I didn’t even know Doug Feith was Jewish until today.

  11. Frum has lost his mind… Again?

    Feith’s father was a radical right-wing Zionist.

    What that has to do with Frum’s allegation that Jews are being recklessly smeared by Sully and others is beyond me.

  12. Stephen Harper hates Canada’s Olympic athletes. It’s not surprising, actually, and has much to do with the standard conservative mindset.

    First off, our athletes are clearly elitist liberal lefties, since they represent a very small part of the population. Also, didn’t an Olympic athlete once run for the Liberals? And hasn’t a Canadian athlete or two been busted for drugs? Obviously, these athletes are very, very liberal, what with their drug use and their minority position in societ. And didn’t Jonah Goldberg suggest that you’re a fascist if you excercise. Game, set, match.

    Secondly, our Olympic athletes wear fancy shmancy duds that make them look really, really, gay. Like, Toronto gay. ‘Nuff said.

    Thirdly, they’re in great physical shape, which makes Fat Steve feel all inadequate about his pudgy gut, double chin and voluptuous man boobs. Our athletes obviously refrain from Cheeto munching, and probably eat Obama-like meals. With lattes. And that’s only going to make conservatives, like Steve the Fat, really uncomfortable.

  13. Frum has lost his mind… Again?

    Well, it surprised me. I thought Frum was too earnest to play the anti-semitic card so gratuitously. Given the evidence that demonstrates that the Bush regime is riven with corruption up and down that easily demonstrates there’s nothing particularly “jewish” about it, it almost seems that he’s insisting we all think there is.

    What a dolt.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: