And our friends over at Freak Dominion -- yeah, those guys who told the whiny lefties to suck it when we pointed out that a majority of Canadians did NOT vote for King Stevie the First -- are having a bit of, um, what to call it?
Oh, right. IDWCDI. It's Different When Cons Do It.
In a thread dissecting the loss of their boy, a commenter named 'Conservative Toronto' says:
Just to put things in perspective, 0.492 x 0.3762 = 18.5% of Ontarians voting for McGimpy, and 81.5% choosing to do "other".
To which 'smallLliberal' replies:
so what, that would mean Hudak got around 17% .. 83% chose "other"
First Past the Post is a bad system and NOT just when your boy loses.
Of all the morning-after blah-blah out there, I really enjoyed this from Andrew Coyne, accounting for Con losses in both Manitoba and Ontario.
In short, conservatives in this country, at least of the partisan, capital-C variety, have lost their nerve. They do not believe in themselves, yet somehow hope the public will. They reek of flop-sweat, calculation and guile, yet ask the public to trust in their leadership. They offer no alternative, yet campaign on “change.” It is a formula guaranteed to fail, as it has done, over and over again. Yet it is the one they return to, over and over again.
Dan Gardner, who pointed to the piece, said:
BTW, I love this: "They reek of flop-sweat, calculation and guile." Impossible to read that without seeing Hudak.
One more morning-after bit from me. A Globe reporter named Steve Ladurantaye was reassigned from his usual real estate beat to ride the bus with Hudork. I found his reporting good and his tweets even better.
I could try to find it, but near the end of the campaign, he tweeted something like: 'I don't usually cover politics and am finding the level of dishonesty/lying/disingenuousness [something like that] amazing'.
Imagine. A reporter who asks questions, expects to get them answered, and is surprised when he's lied to.
Yo! Globe! Keep Steve on the political beat.
And give him a raise.
Today, he tells the story of Hudork's borrowing of Wayne Newton's raunchy tour bus, a story the Con staffers wisely kept to themselves until after the election.
Reporters were never told, for good reason. The replacement bus formerly belonged to Wayne Newton, party insiders said, and featured a stage complete with a stripper pole in the back.
Dammit, if only we'd known.