sometimes democracy kicks you square in the onions
People sometimes seem amused by how much I’ve gotten into Barrack Obama’s campaign. You know, being charming and Canadian. Charming probably doesn’t factor in, I just like to remind all y’all.
A big reason, other than his rampant HAWESOMENESS*, is because the leader of my party in Canada is such a goof.
(*The extra “H” shows that I mean businessx.)
(The extra “X” shows that I have giant fingers.)
English is not his first language. (That could not be more of an understatement.) So, initially I tried to cut the dude some slack. I figured that his English would improve. But, as it turns out, he’s just not very politically savvy… or bright. And those are sorta helpful in a politician, no?
The Liberal Party of Canada — and perhaps the other parties too, who the hell follows what they do? — chooses a leader at a National convention. Essentially ridings around the country send delegates. From what I can gather, they are chosen in a pretty half-assed manner. And, really, the whole thing doesn’t seem very democratic.
Anything can happen in a one-off convention. Folks start maneuvering to align themselves with power players between ballots. People get caught up in the mob mentality. Things that would normally be seen as very important, inexplicably get glossed over.
“He fucks goats? (Beat.) Attractive goats?”
And when the dust settles, we get stuck with Stephane Dion. And you thought Celine was the worst that surname had to offer? Nope.
And I mocked the convoluted system of primaries and caucuses in the U.S.. I’ve learned my lesson.
I watched the convention on TV, and of all the candidates that ran, there were at least three more appealing than Dion. Possibly four. Five if you count the guy running the boom mic.
And I do.
The most annoying part is that the dude can force a federal election any time he wants. Which he will inevitably lose — probably badly — and then we can replace him ASAP. Hmmm… maybe he is a little savvy.
Our Prime Minister sucks. He’d be just like Bush, you know, if we let our politicians run unchecked, while they spit in the face of rights and freedoms, and made our country look evil on the world stage.
It’s possible that he’d be even worse.
So, essentially, we have a horrific Prime Minister, and the man we have chosen to try to defeat him is inept at best.
If it wasn’t for Obama, I’d be sitting alone at night, watching DVDs of “The West Wing” and sobbing.
As it stands, I am merely watching one episode a night and sniffling a little.