Monday, May 24, 2004

Campaign Diary, Day 2: Whatevah.

Despite Paul Martin's hyperbole about this being the Most Important Election in the History of Mankind, there really isn't a heck of a lot of difference between any of the parties. Canadians have basically settled into a consensus: fiscally conservative, socially progressive. NDP, Conservative, Liberal, Green... Whatevah.

So there. It's the end of history. All that's left to do now is make fun of party slogans:
Rainy morning in Brockville, Ont. A Conservative organizer wearing a Conservative-logo raincoat opens a Conservative-logo umbrella and walks me to one of the two Conservative-logo media buses. Big mug of Stephen Harper on the side, with the slogan: Demand Better
It is quickly becoming the joke of the campaign, so quickly I bet it’ll be old and tired by Wednesday: “You call this a lunch buffet? I demand better!”
Harper organizer: “I demand better media coverage!”


Others -- those who aren't enjoying their holiday weekend with as much insouciance as I -- see the lack of differentiation between the parties as a more sinister development. People like, say, Murray Dobbin:
[The election] will be a competition for who will get to guard the henhouse, the fox or the coyote. Both Paul Martin and Stephen Harper, and their parties, will dismantle medicare and swing the doors wide open to private health care if we give them the chance.
This poses a question: Who is the fox and who is the coyote? Personally, I've always seen Paul Martin as more of a giant ostrich. I'm not sure why.

Anyway, all worried hens can take refuge in Murray Dobbin's beard. That thing's huge...

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