Wednesday, February 08, 2006

"Breathtaking in its Audacity"

Poor Dave. Why won't people understand? He is just doing what is in the best interests of his constituents:
[Emerson] said Liberal attacks on him since his defection are "a sign of a sickness -- a deep sickness," and that he is "very happy" to be sending out letters of resignation.

"For them to somehow suggest I am shortchanging them -- it's breathtaking in its audacity," he seethed.

Assuming the man is as intelligent as all seem to proclaim, it is suprising that he just doesn't seem to understand why his bolting across the floor with such unprecedented speed has provoked outrage. Instead, those who criticize him, who attempt to hold him to account for selling out his volunteers, contributors, and supporters, are "sick".

Classy. If only he had the guts to put his reputation on the line.


Blogger Liam O'Brien said...

Instead of calling his own people "sick," Emerson should resign and run in a by-election as a Conservative.

11:33 AM  
Blogger Jason Cherniak said...

"his own people"

Sorry, Liam, he's your people now.

2:18 PM  
Blogger Lord Kitchener's Own said...

Hey, three weeks ago he was explaining how a Tory government would mean that the rich would get richer and the poor would die.

I wouldn't be too upset by anything Emerson says about anybody at this point. Don't like Emerson's opinion of you? Wait a week, it'll change.

6:27 PM  
Blogger Eric van Iersel said...

If only the rest of the country could see and hear the outrage at street level about this here in Vancouver...unprecedented anger that cuts across all party lines.

6:29 PM  
Anonymous Taylor said...

I agree with eric. I am in Vancouver at the moment and people are pissed in a way I haven't seen over a political move in a long time. It will be very interesting where and when he first shows his face. At the riding level, they are livid, across the board. That being said, the business community (VBT etc) is happy.

7:34 PM  
Blogger Liam O'Brien said...

He's no Conservative. Not in my books. But sadly, the Conservative leader disagrees with me. . .

Add to the disgust, he's just influenced Harper in stopping an airport privatization. . . . so much for being a "small-c Liberal". . .

This is a piss off.

8:34 PM  
Blogger Eric van Iersel said...

Just drove past the Emerson Vancouver-Kingsway constituency office on my way to a meeting. There were people picketing out front with 'Recall Emerson' signs...

9:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

poem about David Emerson

There's a lot of issues, lots to be done
Best to call me, I'm the hired gun

Party label, it's pas de necessaire
Call me a traitor, see if I care

You see, it's about public service, representation
Even if my constituents have serious reservations

In January, Stephen Harper was evil, a very bad man
In February, he has what it takes, I'll do what I can

Even though I gave speeches attacking the Tory vision
All that time I was a-cabinet-post-wishin'

To help this great leader, he's now my boss
I didn't have a choice, I gave those Liberal volunteers the toss

It's not a matter of principles, I am here to serve
If Jack Layton was PM, I'd even have the nerve

Heck, even the Communists, and the Rhinos too
I would stop at nothing to stay in power, that's what I do

Opposition? That's for losers. I'm too good for that.
Forgot the backbenches, I would rather be a dirty rat.

There's hundreds of Liberals that would like to look me in the eye
That's why for the past week, I went dark, to run and hide

You know me, I'm not political, that's for others
I would curtail this democratic thing more, if I had my druthers

Bring on the limos, bring on the glory
Me, in cabinet, as a Tory

9:48 PM  
Blogger James MacDuff said...

Eric - keep us posted on the situation on the ground. The kicker for Emerson is that he is so obviously toasts if he tries his luck at a byelection, and yet he cynically claims his move is in the "best interests" of his constituents. The best part is, this kind of arrogance shows he'll only keep getting more upset.

After a few days, only those in the riding will really be able to keep that pressure on. I anticipate that he won't be showing his head at any open forum events any time soon...

It has the potential to be a seminal moment in Canadian politics, but only if the pressure is kept up.

9:50 PM  
Blogger The Tiger said...

It's funny, politicians telegraph their nature early.

We should have known about Paul Martin, for instance, after his abysmal performance during the lead-up to the Quebec referendum, when he predicted that Quebeckers would lose a million jobs.

Emerson's comment about how the strong would prosper and the weak would die under a Harper government shows the quality of statements we should expect from him from within said Harper government.

10:14 PM  

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