I took some flak last week for criticizing the Liberal/Progressive response to Belindagate, but given how that controversy fizzled out pathetically, with political advantage clearly favoring the Tories (MacKay would have apologized otherwise), I feel like Morpheous in that scene from The Matrix, where he has just shit-kicked the younger, stronger Neo kung-fu style, and asks: "Why did I beat you?"
The reason the Tories "won" last weeks set-too, and the reason Norman Spector is willing to chance a second encounter, is as I explained in my earlier post, and as I shall be happy to explain a second time.
Belinda Stronach is a Minus to the Liberal Party, and to progressives generally. A big one. She is one of if not literally the most unpopular female politicians in Canada (perhaps the most unpopular politician of either sex).
When you are portrayed as a bubble-head, as the Canadian version of Paris Hilton, on This Hour... that is not a good sign. If the only time the MSM covers your actions is when you're "allegedly" sleeping with retired hockey players, then you are not being taken seriously as a politician.
Liberals, progressives, should be embarrassed by Belinda, because it has become clear over the past couple of years how little lies behind that blank exterior, and clear that her character is a bit unsavory. And the thing is...we are embarrassed. And that includes YOU, female progressive types, YOU too are embarrassed by Belinda when you're not in the actual process of leaping to her defense. She is like Bubba was for us guys, except the stakes are much lower here. Nobody is saying Belinda should lose her job, just that, frankly, the Libs should stick her in a dark corner somewhere. Because you can't properly defend somebody you are not comfortable with.
Its a bit like if Spector had referred to Alfonse Gagliano as a "pasta fuelled Mafioso". Yes, technically speaking, that would an anti-Italian slur. But how many people would leap to Mr. Gagliano's defense? Similarly, Belinda is absolutely the WRONG symbol of offended Womanhood. Norman Spector, the Tories, know it. That's why they keep piling on.
So lay off. Spector is a pig and he knows it, but raising a stink here will only increase his profile. He'll probably hike his speaker's fee over this matter.
BigCityLib (annoyed at progressive naivete)