@Torontoist on the provincial election, and my response | #onpoli
Can’t really put it any better than this:
Why are we even bothering to make any sort of endorsement at all? The answer is simple: Tim Hudak and the Progressive Conservatives have run an ugly, ugly campaign, one of the ugliest in modern memory.
In this election there’s really no voting for; there’s only voting against.
Luckily, the Tories provide us with whole reams of against to vote for, because this isn’t just about Tim Hudak: it’s about every last Tory running for office. The silence from the various MPPs and candidates on Tim Hudak’s bigoted, dishonest, and stupid campaign says all you need to know about them. They are either cowards or hold indefensible positions, and in either instance they are simply not worth your vote.
I wouldn’t honour this bunch by referring to them as Tories. When you say Tories, I think of people like Joe Clark, Bill Davis, Flora MacDonald, and even John Diefenbaker — people on the Progressive side of the Progressive Conservative tradition, people with a social conscience, people who despite their identification as “conservatives” carry a nice streak of red in them. As a matter of fact, I wouldn’t even debase the honourable tradition of conservatism by applying it to this lot.
Hudak’s so-called contribution to the conversation consists of little more than smudged photocopies from the Rove/Luntz playbook. Homophobia? Bigotry? Manufactured resentment? Insults to our intelligence? Misrepresentation? Cultivated stupidity? Thuggish behaviour? If you’re looking for evidence of teabaggery’s northward creep, you needn’t look much farther than this.
Other than that, what Torontoist said.
- Ontario PC Leader Hudak stands by ‘homophobic’ flyer - Toronto - CBC News
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I’ll admit I haven’t been as engaged in this campaign as I should have been. Mea culpa.
And in all honesty, none of the three main parties has really grabbed my attention or even come close to inspiring me.
But there’s one campaign that really stands out for its cynicism, its misrepresentation, its transparent appeals to bigotry, homophobia, and intolerance, and its disingenuousness. It’s been pretty hard to argue that anyone’s gone too far in insulting voters’ intelligence, given recent voting patterns, but I think this particular campaign’s managed to cross that line.
When you do things like this, it says something about your view of Ontario voters. It’s not flattering, either to you or to them.