Friday, March 25, 2011

A 300 Million Dollar election just so Ignatieff can finish his book.

What does Michael Ignatieff have to gain by forcing an election now?

That is a question that has been bothering me for some time now as I could not see any logical reason to do so. Politically speaking there is no reason to do so and if the latest polls are to be believed, the Liberals are going to be taking a shellacking, if they do go. Ignatieff will be gone, the party in tatters and other than a chance for the bleeding Liberal Party to rebuild itself after the election ( Hint: Elect the leader and not appoint them this time for starters) I can see no upside to forcing an election.

So if it is not political, what else could explain the reason why Ignaiteff seems to be so set on running his party towards a cliff?

The answer is simple. His next book.

Before people start jumping all over me for this please take a look at Ignatieff's past writings where he went into extreme detail on not only his own life and experiences, but those of his family, both present and past, as well.  So much so even members of his own family were upset about his writing such intimate and personal details about the family. ( The Russian Album, Blood and Belonging, Scar Tissue, True Patriot Love)

Nothing is off limits for his writings and if anyone out there honestly believes that Ignatieff does not have plans to write about his years in the political arena I have a bridge to sell you. It is a no-brainer, he will write a book on his political years, it is only a question of when.

And who could really blame him for doing so.  

The tale of an 'intellectual' protagonist as he is recruited to return Canada to be our next PM as he faces the trials and tribulations of Canadian politics, including his battles with an 'evil political genius', is guaranteed to become a best seller and keep him popular on the lecture circuit collecting speaking fees for many years to come.

I for one can't wait to read the chapter on Bob Rae, but even with as much as I am looking forward to reading that, it just isn't worth the price of 300 million tax dollars to do so.


Anonymous said...

Firstly, let's not get too far ahead of ourselves. To win this election is still going to take a lot of hard work in each and every riding!
If all remains the same, I cannot imagine how Count Ignaseous will explain his failure to the other profs at Haaavard except that it will be someone elses fault (perhaps Sideshow Bob?).

Calgary Junkie said...

After he gets humiliated, let's see how much he tries to get even, say by trying to take the LPC down with him. We saw the vindictiveness of Chretien, when he didn't like the way he was being pushed out, and poisoned the LPC well for his successor, Paul Martin--most notably his "dumb as a bag of hanmmer" changes to Party financing rules.

Here in Alberta, Klein took some parting shots at his PC Party. Stelmach is stretching out the leadership transition for no good reason.

So Iggy is able to do a lot of damage to the LPC. The Party is just a vehicle for him (same as it was for Chretien), and there isn't much of an emotional attachment to it for him. So for sure, the book is coming--within a few months of his exit from the political scene.

The_Iceman said...

Well done! You are one of my favourite Blogging Tories.

Anonymous said...

I think it is for more opportunistic reasons on the part of the Liberal party. They know Ignatieff is past his "best before" date. The only way they can truly have renewal is for the Liberals to have at least 4 or 5 uninterrupted years away from having to be in constant campaign mode that only a majority government can provide. If Ignatieff succeeds, fine. If not, they have a legitimate reason to get rid of him.

Anonymous said...

who caused the last election? And, the one before that? Seriously?

I don't know that highlighting causing the election is a really wonderful idea really.

"Expert" Tom said...

This has Rae and Mulcair written all over it. I was thinking that it was the coalition that was driving this, that they just had to keep the CPC to minority then take over, but now I think Bob wants iggy to lose bad enough we won't have an election for a few years so he and Mulcair can unite the left and build a party before the next showdown in 4 years. Rae is a much better strategic thinker and is probably looking at the long game.

Ardvark said...

Don't get me wrong a any election will be hard fought and there is never any guarantees, but forcing one when every poll/pundit is saying that you will lose or end up worse off than now, as Ignatieff is doing, is politically insane. There has to be another reason to do so.

Jerry Prager said...
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Ardvark said...

Keep it on topic please. There will be plenty of opportunity during a campaign to bring up what the Conservatives do.

Anonymous said...

It seems clear to me that the Opposition are counting on a Conservative minority. They know they can't win an election. But whether it's the day after, or during the Throne Speech, or any other designated "confidence" vote, they WILL attempt another coalition with the Bloc Quebecois.

griff said...

Hey A.A. .... the Liberal party may be in "taters", if so, they're gonna get mashed!!! (I believe you meant "tatters") I would love to edit any of your blogs... should you need an editor. I'll be "at the office".

Val D.

Sean M said...

The Liberals are forcing an election they know they will lose so they can form a coalition. The coalition document expires this June 2011. The coalition are desperate to hang on to their political party welfare. The Liberal party wants to rid themselves of American Iggo. Self preservation, opportunism, and a sense of entitlement is what drives the Liberal party.