Little Green Footballs

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

PJM bias: a case study

Little Open Football Pajamas Media, like the rest of the right-wing blogosphere, is gloating about the Canadian election result. Slap in the face for the L3 (which still kept the Tories to a staggeringly immense 36% of the popular vote); worldwide march of "conservatism" (Chile and Bolivia, among others, seem not to have gotten the memo); blah blah blah.

And, true to form, Roger el-Simon's MSM-slaying über-blog lists eleven bloggers with eleven virtually identical pro-Conservative POVs and bills this list as "a blog round-up of reactions to the Canadian elections."

There are, however, more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in their philosophy. (I'm talkin' to you, Mark Steyn!) So here's what some other Canadian cowpokes are sayin' about the "Maple Revolution":

Progressive Bloggers:

The people have given to the Tories what they gave to Paul Martin in 2004. A short leash.

There will be another election in 18 months. No matter what happens tonight it is win-win for the Liberals. We know that a significant percentage of CPC votes are from traditional Liberal voters who are upset over sponsorship. It will be difficult for HArper [sic] to hold on to this support after the election. He will very quickly lose these votes. Meanwhile the Liberal Party will be reborn and back stronger than before. HArper will not be able to please his Alberta base. They will expect a socially conservative republican agenda and HArper will not deliver that.

Red Tory:
Should be interesting to see how Harper will manage to hold together the tenuous, rickety contraption that will be the new government. Throughout the campaign Harper made a promise a day, but now… however you do the math, it all adds up to COMPROMISE. That might not go over too well with the diehard neo-cons seeking radical change. And uh, oh… “THE WEST IS HERE!” That’s what Harper boldly proclaimed in his acceptance speech. Hey, send in the clowns! In that speech he also kept repeating the word “strong” as if by simply chanting this mantra would somehow make it real. Clearly, the result is not a strong mandate and there is very limited political capital being provided here.

Le blogue d'Olivier:
Je suis assez content du résultat, en fait. Après plus de douze ans de pouvoir, les libéraux vont se ressourcer dans l'opposition. Les conservateurs ont les mains liées. Le bloc québécois n'est pas hégémonique au Québec, mais il reste dominant: il ne pourra pas dormir sur ses lauriers et devra continuer à rester une force de proposition. Et puis ça change.

We join Canadian bloggers from across the political spectrum in congratulating Harper on his victory. But we predict that some of his most vocal supporters, especially those buttinskys from south of the border, will be bitterly disappointed when he fails to deliver what they want most: (a) Canadian troops in Iraq; and (b) the repeal of same-sex marriage. They will simply have to be content with the knowledge that Canada now has a Prime Minister who says "God bless Canada" at the end of every speech.

A "maple revolution"? More like a Tim Horton's hiccup. Or, if the Bloc ends up playing a role in Harper's coalition, a poutine putsch.

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