Wellie-well-well. Way back on July 14, DJ! posted the link to Tim Hudak's 2009 abortion position. He said he was in favour of defunding it. We thought Ontario voters needed to know that.
Various bloggers, like partisans gritchik and Warren Kinsella, as well as others picked up on it.
Then, mirabile dictu, the MSM asked him about it. He waffled and weaseled. And when pressed, he skedaddled.
When the Star repeatedly asked Hudak if he is “pro-life” he refused to answer the question and walked away from the microphone.
Which was an extremely stooopid thing to do.
It just provoked more questions with ensuing weaselling.
On July 25, the Star published this bit of drivel by the guy whose organization published the 2009 information.
DJ! wanted space to rebut it but the Star won't print stuff by pseudonymous contributors.
So, we posted our rebutal here. Which got the progressive blogosphere's panties twisted into a grand show of solidarity (lotsa links in comments on that post).
On July 31, Heather Mallick weighed in.
Somewhere in there, a website called Say No to Hudak, complete with Twitter account, sprang up. (And no, that's is ^NOT DJ!'s doing.)
The story seemed to have, as they say, legs.
And still does. Today, nearly a month later, the Spec offered an editorial titled 'Straight Talk, Mr. Hudak'.
DJ! is delighted to note that the Spec writer gets it, as so many other pundits and commenters do not.
Yes, health care is a federal responsibility, but that isn’t stopping provincial governments in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island from discouraging abortion service provision by refusing to fund training and cutting funding to clinics that perform abortion. Could the same thing happen in a Conservative-led Ontario?
Tim Hudak opened the door to these questions. He’d be wise to offer a credible response sooner rather than later.
Also today, another rabid partisan blogger posted a paternalist projection, titled 'Progressive Women Across Ontario Seem to be Getting Ready to Back Andrea Horwath and the ONDP', referring to the Say No to Hudak site.
When I commented that it was perfectly possible to be anti-Conservative without being a 'Liberal shill' (fuck, I'm sick of that phrase), the schmuck condescended to tell me:
Second, to the extent that progressive women against Hudak will/ should endorse any political party, the obvious choice is the ONDP; for not only is the ONDP authentically committed to progressive values of social justice, democratic reform, economic and environmental justice, but also the Liberals are not a “progressive” party.
(Note to Dippers: It is exactly this tone used by the anointed on us benighted souls that PISSES us right off.)
So, some good news, some bad news on a day when everyone has gone nuts. Good news: Hudak is still twisting in the wind on this. Bad news: NDP shills are just as obnoxious as any other flavour.