Friday, December 23, 2005

They Fuck up EVERYTHING!

A few weeks ago, when the fairly weak (to say the least) government of Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin fell, the right in the United States was quick to trumpet their brilliance. It looked like the Liberal Party in Canada was on the ropes. But as usual they managed to ignore what the rest of the world (and even a majority in this country does) being anti-Bush is a boon.

As usual, the only brilliance they have is what the funhouse mirror gives them.

Canada (or as O'Reilly will soon call it (or has he already?) -- OUR GREATEST ENEMY!) has managed to listen to George Bush's appointed ambassador and said, "hey, fuck that guy!". Martin now looks to be taking Canadians exasperation about Bush to an election victory.

A month before national elections, Canada's prime minister is basking in criticism from the United States, while his main challenger struggles to fend off praise from allies of an unpopular Bush administration...

...The flap is likely to mean a boost at the polls for Martin's Liberal Party, says Darrell Bricker, president of Ipsos Reid Public Affairs, a polling firm in Toronto. After the holidays, Bricker says, look for aggressive Liberal campaign ads tying Conservative Party leader Stephen Harper to President Bush. Some voters will be drawn to Martin's Liberals "to stop what they see as a mini-George Bush," Bricker says...

...In a November poll, 73% of Canadians expressed an unfavorable view of Bush, according to results by Innovative Research. In the same poll, though, 68% said they had a favorable view of Americans.

The results show "that the rising tide of anti-Americanism in this country is driven not out of a dislike for the American people but as a visceral dislike of Mr. Bush and the war in Iraq," Rudyard Griffiths, executive director of the Dominion Institute, a group that promotes Canadian history, told the National Post newspaper.

Meanwhile, Harper has been left to stiff-arm praise from U.S. conservatives. Commentator Patrick Basham praised Harper's free market, socially conservative values recently in a Washington Times opinion piece. "If elected Mr. Harper will quickly become Mr. Bush's new best friend internationally," Basham predicted.

Harper quickly wrote to the newspaper to point out his differences with Bush on Iraq, abortion rights and the lumber fight.

Basham, a senior fellow with the Cato Institute, a Libertarian think tank, says he was surprised by the swift and harsh reaction to his friendly op-ed piece. "The (Canadian) left congratulated me on destroying Stephen Harper, and from conservative Canadians I got, 'How can you do this to us?' "

Excuse me while I burst out laughing for a few minutes.

...and then cry because of the fucked up nature of our politics and media that manages to play upon the ignorance of millions of Americans...

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