Monthly Archives: September 2008

The Gotcha! games have already begun

When is a gaffe not a gaffe in politics? When it’s untrue, apparently. Enjoy the campaigns.
A classic gaffe, a career-threatening humiliation delightful to the press, is when someone expresses a home truth in plain language. Like that if … Continue reading

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Will this man heal all wounds?

A recent BBC poll indicates enormous enthusiasm for Barack Obama outside the United States. In 22 countries from Italy to Egypt he leads John McCain by about four to one on average, margins not seen since the last time a … Continue reading

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All the news you need to cast a vote

This just in from outer space. The government is censoring reporting of the election but doing it badly.
OK, it’s not from outer space. It’s from Elections Canada, who on Sept. 9 e-mailed the press to remind us that … Continue reading

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American distractions

The possible election of Barack Obama as president of the United States has engendered a puzzling level of enthusiasm among Canadian progressives. It is puzzling first because they are normally skeptical of American influence on Canada and second because it … Continue reading

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If only snobs knew how silly they were

Personally I’d put Brie on my mooseburger and alienate all key sectors of the U.S. electorate at once. For good measure I’d discuss U.S. politics right after a Canadian election call and annoy my countrypersons as well. But at least … Continue reading

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