Is Harper George W. Bush's late
[PoliticsWatch Updated 5:45 p.m. December 2, 2005]
|A U.S. political observer says Stephen
Harper becoming prime minister would make a great
late-Christmas gift for George W. Bush.
Prime Minister Paul Martin got the endorsement of Canadian Auto
Workers president Buzz Hargrove Friday, but Conservative leader
Stephen Harper may have been given an even larger endorsement.
The conservative Washington newspaper, The Washington
Times printed an opinion piece by Patrick Basham, senior fellow
at the Cato Institute, in which he described Harper as Canada's late
Christmas gift to America.
"Why does President Bush hope Christmas comes a little late this year?"
Basham asks. "Because on Jan. 23, Canada may elect the most pro-American leader in the Western world.
"Free-market economist Stephen Harper, leader of the opposition Conservative Party, is pro-free trade, pro-Iraq war, anti-Kyoto, and socially
conservative," wrote Basham in a piece that sounded like it was
written by a thousand monkeys on a thousand typewriters in both the
NDP and Liberal war rooms.
"Move over Tony Blair: If elected, Mr. Harper will quickly become Mr. Bush's new best friend internationally and the poster boy for his ideal foreign leader."
Basham concludes by saying, "A Harper victory may prove to be the exception to the international rule -- a rare foreign event that manages to put a smile on President George W. Bush's face."
Somebody writes that stuff?
Martin's speech writer Scott Feschuk's campaign
blog is starting to get more ink than the entire NDP
On Wednesday, Feschuk became the subject of an impromptu and
incorrect press conference by the Tories about an allegedly
offensive blog post he made about readers of a defunct 1970s science
magazine published by Bob Guccione. Read this
PoliticsWatch story for more details on that.
On Friday, Feschuk, who once was the brains behind the National
Post's Post-Mortem humour page, responded to some of the mail he has
been receiving. Here's a sample.
10:32 AM - Dear Blog Boy: I was just wondering how many times you get the Prime Minister to say "fundamentally" in a speech? It sure seems a bit excessive! - J.H.
Thank you for your very, very important question. Make no mistake: fundamentally, the Prime Minister is a man who, essentially, speaks in a very, very distinctive way. Let me be clear: we have pointed this out to him. And fundamentally, what he has said in reply is, essentially, that we should be very, very quiet and go away.
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