03 January 2007

Do they think before they speak?

1. Loyola "Rain Man" Sullivan, trying desperately to crush rumours that he and Danny had a tiff: "I haven't had any, you know, pressures or interferences in doing my job from the premier or anybody in there."

A finance minister that just went to work, did his job and never felt any pressure from anyone on anything.

Utter nonsense like that claim can hardly dispel the rumours, caused by Sullivan's own "f u" to Danny on the way out.

How many times have they been on completely opposite sides of issues now, including the day Loyola walked?

2. Liberal party president Danny Dumaresque, commenting on getting ready for the next provincial election. vocm.com attributes this to him: "He says the Districts of Kilbride and Ferryland have been in Tory hands for more than 30 years. Dumaresque says even when the Liberals were in power, there wasn't a lot of interest in those areas."

Even if it was true, you wouldn't admit it.

Since Dumaresque said something completely different only a few weeks ago, this line just fuels the Tories' confidence. It fuels the perception that the Liberals don't stand a chance or worse, that the party executive has already written off a raft of seats.

Look for the Other Danny to quickly move to dispel any misperceptions resulting from comments he shouldn't have made.


Jason Hickman said...

Ed, not sure if you're keeping tabs on this days-old post or not, but just in case, here's another example of someone making comments he shouldn't have.

Matthews could've made a half-decent point if he said the Libs didn't want an early election; it's a heck of a lot worse to be running around saying the Libs aren't ready for one.


- Jason.

Edward G. Hollett said...

Thanks Jason. I did see that one and since comments come to my e-mail I can keep track without having to troll over my own old material.

Matthews comments would be fine if they were correct. They aren't, as near as I can tell. Dion has already taken steps forward, local associations are gearing up and all the stuff is happening, just not at the fevered pace you'd see if we knew we would all be at the polls next month.

Some old time politicians and some newbies are having trouble adjusting to the reality of an election under the new funding rules. Others are still licking their wounds from Montreal. That's normal for any party after a convention.

Overall, though, while I would agree Bill's remarks fall into the category of this post, it's far worse for a party president to be leaving a mistaken impression due to some poorly thought out words and the opinion of one MP.

One clear sign of growing readiness and of the renewed interest with the Dion victory: candidates are starting to sort themselves out.

In the two St. John's seats, the Liberals will likely have a solid competition for both nominations.

Irrespective of who the Connie candidates are - spec is high that Norm will drop out and there is also talk one Loyola will bow out for the other - there should be another good race.