NDP lowers the bar
NDP’s fear and loathing of McFadyen hits new lows on road to gutterhttp://www.winnipegsun.com/2011/09/11/n ... rs-the-bar
By Kevin Engstrom ,Winnipeg Sun
First posted: Saturday, September 10, 2011 10:56 PM CDT
To hear the NDP tell it, Manitobans shouldn’t just avoid making Hugh McFadyen premier. They should demand the Tory leader be tried for treason.
After all, from a quick perusal of the governing party’s television ads, you’re led to believe McFadyen is plotting to privatize Manitoba Hydro, hates nurses, and, in spite of his nice suit, is too scary to ever be trusted with the keys to the premier’s office.
Of course, fashion sense aside, the truth has no resemblance to the smear job being perpetuated on McFadyen by the supposed party of hope and optimism.
Sadly, the NDP’s shameless assault on the truth isn’t newsworthy in and of itself. Every campaign in recent memory — including McFadyen’s Tories — has engaged in such gutter politics, where truth is secondary to what Stephen Colbert affectionately calls truthiness — facts you believe in your gut to be true, but can’t find in any book.
No, what’s newsworthy is just how low Selinger is willing to go to hang on to the reins of power. Selinger’s entire campaign is focused on making McFadyen a right-wing boogeyman who, if given the chance, will drag Manitoba kicking and screaming back into the 1990s.
You know, when the budget was actually balanced.
Here’s the truth about McFadyen and Manitoba Hydro. Since becoming leader five years ago, he has consistently said he’d never sell it. In fact, to prove his commitment to keeping the utility in the government’s hands, he floated legislation four years ago to make it impossible to consider such a thing without the consent of all 57 MLAs.
Does that sound like someone plotting to sell off the utility? Didn’t think so.
Moreover, McFadyen doesn’t just want to win this election. He wants to win the next one, too. And maybe the one after that. If he becomes premier and sells Hydro, he’d have about the same chance as winning the next election as Jon Gerrard has of winning this one.
Yet the NDP persists with the myth, hopeful if they repeat the same thing often enough, people will begin to believe it.
And since it worked well enough with the whole “Tories fired 1,000 nurses” lie (yep, that’s an urban myth), there’s a decent chance this whopper will stick, too.
Ironically, there are things the NDP can attack McFadyen about that actually ring true.
He’s promising to take his sweet-ass time balancing the budget. The tax credits he’s offered up, while appreciated by middle-class folks like me, won’t do much to help the poor or stimulate the economy.
Heck, there hasn’t even been much in his law-and-order platform that’s dramatically different from what the NDP has offered up thus far.
Instead of rightly picking all the things he’s actually promising to do, though, the NDP has instead focused their efforts on the one thing McFadyen has consistently said he wouldn’t. It’s the actions of a desperate party relying on a mediocre record and devoid of ideas for the future.
Even if Selinger is successful on election night, he’ll be a loser for taking political debate in this province to the basement.WHAT WE'VE LEARNED
— The new Jets jerseys were unveiled at 17 Wing on Tuesday. Don’t know about you, but I’m uncomfortable with the hockey-ization of our military.
— The NHL is reportedly considering bringing Nickelback into Winnipeg on opening weekend to help celebrate the return of the Jets, proving once and for all that, yes, Gary Bettman really does hate our city.
— Jets training camp opens next weekend. Right about the same time as we all stop pretending to care about the election. Just kidding, nobody is pretending to care now.
— Hugh McFadyen is promising a monthly $100 child-care cheque for parents. Anyone else suddenly in the mood for beer and popcorn?
— I have no child of my own, Hugh, but shouldn’t I get a cheque for acting like one?
— With the NFL season now underway, Stephen Colbert tweets: “I got first draft in my fantasy foosball team. Once again, my top pick: the plastic dude with the metal rod through his torso.”
— Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane tweets: “I imagine a Muppet News Flash on 9/11 would’ve been in poor taste.”TOP FIVE
Five signs Manitobans aren’t very interested in the election:
5. Giggles no longer politely stifled whenever Jon Gerrard talks about what he’ll do when he’s premier.
4. To generate interest in debates, leaders have promised to only discuss who they think will win the upcoming season of Dancing with the Stars.
3. Homeowners greet Jehovah’s Witness at door by saying, “Oh, thank goodness. For a second there, I thought you were a politician.”
2. No No. 2 — writer too bored by election to even make half-assed jokes about it.
1. Biggest ballot box question: Who has the best plan to lower Dustin Byfuglien’s weight?OFFBEAT
Human poptart Jessica Simpson has put to rest reports she was considering breast reduction surgery in advance of her coming nuptials. “I LOVE MY BOOBIES!! They aren’t going anywhere!” she tweeted. She sent the tweet after Touch Weekly claimed she was considering surgery to fit better in her wedding dress. “It’s UDDERly not true,” she tweeted, to the amusement of no one but herself.NUMBERS: 3
The age of a girl whose mother decided it was a good idea to dress her as a prostitute for a beauty pageant as part of TLC’s reprehensible reality show, Toddlers and Tiaras. The mom dressed her in an outfit similar to that worn by Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman. The Parents Television Council was outraged by the recent episode, and justifiably so.QUOTABLE
“I recently read of a woman in America who married and regularly humps her truck. I don’t yet own a truck but I’m beginning to understand her head space.”
— Sinead O’Connor, who desires a booty call.