Friday, July 11, 2008


There's been a lot of talk about the various tools Canadian PM Stephen Harper will deploy in the upcoming election.

There's one important one that people haven't been talking about, though: Maclean's puff pieces about Harper's geeenius! Yep, Paul Wells is running back to the, er, well, burning 2700 words on a panegyric about how awesome Stephen Harper is, and how awesome Paul Wells is for pointing out how awesome Stephen Harper is.

But seriously, Paul. How on earth is a guy who styles himself one of Canada's foremost political commentators the last to bust out that "he's playing chess while everybody's else is playing beer pong" line? Sure, you were looking for a reason to refer to Perlstein's Nixonland, but come on.

After all, if the conservatives were that good, your colleagues wouldn't be having a grand time yelling catcalls at them as they run from committees with their tails between their legs. And if Nixon were that good, he wouldn't have had to cheat to win.

(Or, well, appeal to southern racism. Funny how that got left out of Wells' discussion of Harper's similarity to Nixon, huh.)

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