Holy Kool-Aid®

Not that I subscribe to Warren Kinsella’s intellectually vacuous “two wrongs make a right” argument regarding the tasteless bit of photo-editing that appeared recently on the Liberal website, but neither do I buy Stephen “Doughy Pantload of Hypocrisy” Taylor’s pathetic dissembling about a similarly asinine stunt attacking Stéphane Dion back in 2008 — this from a man who said with a straight face on CBC’s Power & Politics the other day that “the first rule of marketing is that ad hominem attacks don’t work.” Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Who says “conservatives” have absolutely no sense of humour whatsoever?

h/t: Thanks to CWTF for the visual suggestion…

Bad Suits X3

Why are these smug jackasses smiling so deliriously?

3 Bad Suits

Your guess is as good as mine… quite possibly better.

Update: By the way, seeing as we’re on the topic of Preston Manning (kind of), where on earth is the Manning Institute getting all the money needed to mount the lavish advertising campaign they’ve undertaken of late on prime-time TV? Surely such an effort must cost millions of dollars… It just strikes me as somewhat bizarre. Is the commercial space being donated, because I really can’t see how it makes any sense at all as a business proposition… Perhaps one of our crack journalists could look into that.

Tales of the Silly Season

No Vacation from Teh Stupid … Ever.

Undeterred by a complete lack of wit, levity or any innate comic facility whatsoever, Bloggin’ Tory co-founder and aspiring partisan hack Stephen Taylor nonetheless crudely soldiers on with a mirthless exercise that might best be described as the “enhanced interrogation” of something bearing slight resemblance to a “joke” (or so one generously presumes).

Being the type who would have his own passport stamped in the country of its issuance, Michael Ignatieff has been rumoured to be clearing customs at other ports of entry. Michael Ignatieff updated his twitter on July 17th and 18th to suggest that he’s been in Ottawa, at least recently, but many observers have noted that he hasn’t even been spotted on the hamburger circuit pressing the flesh with us regular folk besides his $40 a head, no hat, no cattle pancake breakfast fundraiser during Stampede. Instead of beating a party-building path flipping burgers and chewing the fat with the locals coast-to-coast, Ignatieff has been spotted in London giving a lecture on Liberalism and “tough times” to his friends who attended the Isaiah Berlin Lecture. This shouldn’t be so easily dismissed; this is a rare piece of work where the Liberal leader has mused openly about the economy, yet is characteristically light on what to do about it. His office has denied it, but besides London, Dr. Ignatieff has also been rumoured to be stimulating the economy in Provence, France, where his family has owned a villa for decades.

Are you still sensible after slogging through that unctuous pile of tripe? If so, we’ll attempt to address the core of Mr. Taylor’s facetious question quite simply with the following:

That actually came across the virtual transom just last night from Team Iggy.

To be honest, the video provoked little more than a cynical shrug from me at the time, but now serves a purpose here, I guess; for no other than being made vaguely aware of what “Dr. Ignatieff” has been up to in the past few days. Not that we were especially concerned about the matter one way or the other in the least bit, of course.

By the way, don’t you love the way Taylor snuck that “Dr.” appellation in there to cunningly imply that the Liberal leader is some kind of a despicable egghead? I’m sure Harper’s mentor Dr. Flanagan or even the esteemed Dr. Layton might both find that particular line of attack rather amusing.

Other cultural provocations such as the snide reference to a summer home in Provence that are sprinkled throughout Taylor’s post are similarly ham-fisted; indicative perhaps of some profound insecurity, resentfulness, or small-minded parochialism on the part of the writer.

h/t: CC (who wisely suggests that Mr. Taylor avoid any future attempts at humour).

Notes From the Touchline

The Conservatives’ favourite fat wheezy boy with the half-time oranges and the note from matron writes thusly:

Michael Ignatieff was also in attendence [sic] but only for the gold medal game. The Liberal leader and grandson of a Minister to a Russian tsar [sic] took a break from writing a book on his family history long enough to recognize the tournament and descend to mingle with the masses. Ignatieff had a rare chance of witnessing a Canadian hockey victory while living in Canada – the distinguished academic has been largely abroad since the late 60s. A friend joked that Ignatieff told TSN, “I am a fan of the game of hockey, but not necessarily a hockey fan.” For the two men, Harper and Ignatieff, hockey underscores a vital political strength or weakness. For the Prime Minister, voters select someone they see in themselves and they pick someone who understands and shares their concerns. For Ignatieff, voters will sever him if he cannot genuinely tie himself with the threads that line our hearts.

Good grief, what a massive shitload of bollocks.