Sunday, December 03, 2006

Disappointed by the Dion-bashing

I find it appalling the way some Libloggers and others are deadset on excoriating our new leader. While he may not have been the first or second choice for some this type of behaviour is more harmful to the party than they realise. Stephane Dion saved this country a decade ago. He intellectually shredded the separatists - he is capable of doing the same with Harper in both languages.


At 6:56 p.m., Blogger Yappa said...

I haven't done any Dion bashing and I haven't seen any either so I'm not sure what you're talking about, but Dion has to make an effort to reach out to Liberals who didn't support him. He came into the convention in 4th place, and while he won fair and square, he won because of a secret deal that was sprung at exactly the right moment when his rivals didn't have time to react. There are quite a few Liberals who are less than thrilled. Dion needs to get them onside. For example, I was in a restaurant tonight and I heard a conversation at another table. One guy said, "Haven't you heard? Stephane Dion won." and the other guy immediately buried his head in his hands and said, "Oh no oh no oh no." Don't get mad at people who aren't onside - reach out to them. That's the only way to have party unity.

At 8:13 p.m., Blogger Carrie said...

I've read and heard the same from some Libloggers. The one who surprised - and great disappointed - me the most was Cerberus. So you're not alone in your experience.

From all I've heard, before, during and after this convention, I've found the Iggy supporters to be the most divisive to this party and the rudest in some cases. It's truly disappointing.

At 10:59 p.m., Blogger Penny said...

I've seen plenty of negativity out there, too. Blogdom is filled with people who think they sound intelligent by tearing other people apart. Liberals are no different than Conservatives in that regard.

Another thing blogdom is filled with is people who make assertions of "fact" that are unsubstantiated and often wrong.

There was no "secret" deal that won Dion the election. The press was touting it for days in advance. He and Kennedy had talked about joining forces under certain circumstances - what used to be called a gentleman's agreement - and Kennedy behaved as a gentleman, despite undoubtedly being disappointed. His delegates were under no obligation to join him in supporting Dion and if they did, it's a testament to Kennedy.

You will find that, for everyone who sits in bar bemoaning the results - oh sorry, it was a restaurant - there will be several dozen others beavering away to pull the party together and get ready for parliament and the next campaign.

The candidates themselves all behaved with class, including Ignatieff, who, although unfamiliar with the exact wording, was the first to request the results be declared unanimous. They should be an example for the rest of us.


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