Apparently Russian strongman Vladimir Putin is one of the "leading lights" of our time.
Who'd a thought Putin could make such an impression on a former politician in this province? Check out "20 Questions" from yesterday's Sunday Telegram if you think anybody is making this stuff up.
Anyway, here's a suggestion to the guys looking ahead to the Tory ad campaign this fall.
Forget the "Morning in America" thing you might be kicking around. It's so 20th century.
Go for this one: a local version of Takogo kak Putin.
That whole local strongman thing really rocks some people in the province. Take on the oil companies. Battle anyone. The only one to fight for the Motherland.
Sure, it's Euro-dance crap, but so what?
A bit corny, a bit patronizing to women but hey, if it works for the crowd that call Bill and Randy to sing the glories of your guy, then this would work too.
Just look at that last paragraph.
It screams "Rowdy Revolution", maitres chez nous and every other hoary cliche you can think of it.
My boyfriend got into trouble again,
Got into fights, got drunk on something.
He made me so mad that I chased him away,
And now I want someone Putin.
Someone like Putin - full of strength,
Someone like Putin - who wouldn't drink,
Someone like Putin - who wouldn't insult me,
Someone like Putin - who wouldn't run off.
I saw him on the news yesterday,
He was saying that the world is at the crossroads,
With someone like him it's easy at home or when visiting,
And now I want someone like Putin.