Politics ain’t beanbag, people, and it’s not NERF ball either.
But Liberal leaders Michael Ignatieff and Stephane Dion both played it that way, so it was easy for Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Reform Party bullyboys to walk all over them. As for Paul Martin, that guy’s own Liberal team worked him over in the corners before he even got to face off with the Conservatives.
Who knows what Jack Layton would have done, or how he would have played it? But when New Democrats chose Tom Mulcair as Canada’s Opposition Leader after Mr. Layton’s death, they chose someone who could judiciously hit back in the corners.
Elbow shots and rabbit punches like Mr. Harper’s recent “Risky Theories” attack ad will get a good solid body check in return, like today’s effective riposte from the NDP.
It’s said here this is exactly what’s needed. Watch for the Tiny Tory Rage Machine to be in full throat by tonight about the injustice of it all. Well, cry me a river. What’s good for the goose and all that.
Who’s your daddy?