Actually, it gets worse. Remember way back when, during the budget? Do you recall a overwhelming sentiment amongst Canadians to get the budget passed, near UNIVERSAL rejection at the prospect of another election? Of course you do, the thought of another election beyond distasteful. That sentiment was part of the calculus for the Liberals, or more broadly any reasonable person covering the events. What is just fascinating, although somewhat late to the party, Layton has discovered something when he spoke with Canadians:
“I didn't hear anybody saying that they were hankering after an election,”As opposed to budget time, when Canadians were just ITCHING eh Jack? Staggering. Sounds like a "hole in the head" moment, doesn't it?
And, it still gets more bizarre. In an interview on CTV today, Layton was confronted with his poor decisions in the past months:
"You took a huge flyer on the coalition, you took a huge flyer on the budget by saying you were going to vote against it. Did that work for you, because the numbers would seem to suggest it didn't?"
And, what is Layton's response? Layton argues that it's all been a success, because Harper's budget spoke to the issues raised:
"Well, first of all, I access- did it work for Canadians? The fact is, we ended up with some action that Harper would never have delivered without that threat"
Follow the logic. The budget "delivered" because of the "threat", it "worked" for Canadians, but we couldn't support it, even though Canadians "want action now" as opposed to an election nobody wants. Okay.
For the final head scratcher, uber NDP support McClelland mentions this tidbit at Big City Lib:
I told you the other day that the NDP were likely going to crush Iggy's pipe dream of an election this year in exchange for something from the Cons. I'm hearing that a referendum on PR may even be on the table.
Oh please, let it be true. Not only is Layton ready to "work" with Harper, he's prepared to make BACKROOM deals with a man he can't "trust", all in the name of avoiding the electorate.
Disclaimer. The only reason I mention any of these outrageous inconsistencies, borne of political expediency, is because NDP supporters tend to think their party operates within a different reality. I know full well that many decisions made by my party of current choice are strategic, principles are often marginalized within the dynamics at play. That is the hard reality for mainstream parties. There are times where the NDP's relative irrelevance allows for a different presentation, a purity that can function because in the end it's mostly theoretical. What galls me is the naive belief that this purity is real, relatively speaking, the high horse chastisement. TODAY, we see something very simple, which should be taken to heart. The NDP are just as opportunistic, calculating and hypocritical as all their imperfect targets. Deal with it :)