Friday, October 03, 2008

That's Why She's the Gal I Adore. Earth Mother Lizzie May, that is.

Whooee! Well friends an' foes, I gotta tell you I was glued to the dang TV set last night from 9 until 11. Well, I was mostly glued except fer one time when I started noddin' off an' Ma laughed an' roused me an' I seen it was Dion on the TV mumblin' some kinda sleep inducin' FranglaMerkan lingo. After that, I needed a little fresh air so I let ol' Spot out in the backyard and breathed in some. I managed to stay a alert an' bushy-tailed fer the rest of the debate.

I met Lizzie in person a coupla times an' I seen her talk in person a few times an' a few more times on the YouTube. I knew dang well she was gonna do good an' she did. I figger Lizzie Gal showed 'em she's right up there in the big leagues an' deservedly so. Knowledgeable and quick, our gal Lizzie. An' I see in the polls lotsa folks changed their opinion fer the better an' the Greens is up a point overall.

I hear-tell some is sayin' Lizzie was buttin' in too much but I didn't hear it that way. There was a few times when there was three or four voices all yammerin' at once and them times I was listenin' hard fer a female voice an' Lizzie weren't talkin' overtop of them baritone bossmen. I did hear our Lizzie gal mutterin' some when she disputed a coupla big whoppers ol' King Steve was blatherin' about. Sheesh! Stevie tried to make out like the whole dang dumbass House o' Comments voted to fire Linda Keen. That was Harper misleadin'. Not a leader.

I reckon Lizzie showed them kindergarten kids a thing or two about civility and stickin' with the issues. I was happy to see ol' Jack givin' Lizzie some credit now an' then. She returned the favour, too. They both come across like competent folks who could work together.

I gotta give young Steve Pakin a pat on the back, too. He was a good referee, mostly. I reckon that's a dang tough job refereein' a five-way jawfest an' keepin' it fair an' square.

Harper come across with what I'd call an air of paternalism. Kinda smug an' smirky like he's toleratin' these monkeys but he ain't got much respect fer 'em. I didn't find him to be credible but I reckon that's cause he was fibbin' an' exaggeratin' all the time. I figger what's doin' the Cons an' Harper the most harm is they ain't released a platform. I heard somebuddy say they was waitin' on the Aussies to get it deliverered.

I reckon if Harpoon don't release a platform an' still trounces the hapless Grits, it'll sure say somethin'. I ain't sure what. "Blind leadin' the blind" comes to mind. Don't worry. Be happy. I wear sweaters. I wonder where Sweater Boy keeps his thermostat set in the wintertime. I wonder if he starts in wearin' the long johns in the winter so's to save on the heatin' bill an' send out less so-called greenhouse gases.

Duceppe done okay, I reckon... fer a rotten separatist BlocHead. I figger he's a good feller doin' what he can fer his people. Only thing is, he figgers his people is Q-beckers an' not all Canajuns. Ma sez he seemed more like a Premier negotiatin' with Harper the PM. He's a dang good parlay l'anglais feller, sez I. Dion's got a lot better in the speakin' English department but he still sed a coupla things I didn't catch last night. Then, maybe it was just on accounta he was puttin' me to sleep.

My ol' Dad was a salesman. He's been dead fer 10 years, this year. He woulda had a good laugh at ol' Dion an' his hapless salesmanship skills. Dion could use some lessons from my ol' Dad. First off, Dion blew the sales job of the tax shift on day one way back in the springtime. He give hisself the entire summer to sell it and he had the perfect opportunity to sell it last night but he was lackin' in the lustre department.

He oughta been closin' the sale or closed it already. Last night, he looked like he ain't quite sure why he decided to sell this here vacuum cleaner he's callin' the Green Shift. He can't close the sale on accounta he opened it all wrong. That mighta worked if there weren't a few other vacuum cleaner guys standin' on John Q. Voter's doorstep. Poor feller dragged his party into a big hole. I figger he's sincere and dedicated. A fine Canajun. Useless in the sales department.

The worst part about it is Dion took a good Green Party policy an' turned it into political cyanide fer the next 10 or 20 years. I ain't sure Lizzie helped out Dion much, like they was tryin' to say she would. I figger she sold Green Party policy and not Liberal policy. I like that she talked about stuff other than the environment and had positions that differ with the Libs. Like on NAFTA and Afghanistan and the danged economy and health care.

Anyways, friends an' foes, I had a few people emailin' an' wondering where ol' JB's hidin' out lately. Don't worry, kids, this ol' codger-blogger's still up an' walkin' an' cheerin' on the gal I adore, Earth Mother Lizzie May.



Ryan said...

May was excellent. Hands down.

Blues Clair said...

May good. Dion english debate good, yes. Media says Green Shift complicated. Media is lazy. Be nice to the good Professor. Harper no platform. Media don't care. Lucky Madame May and Layton remind.

lil miss hissyfit said...

May did indeed have her moments. I do wonder what that report was she was talking about though. Something Harper hadn't read about the state of Canada. I think she kept referring to it's short form and I didn't catch what it was..

I would say she was a bit stubborn about staying within her own time limit when it was her turn to talk though, not bad about not interrupting others but she was a bit hard to cut off at the end of her speaking time.

I agree she and Layton seemed to work well together and it was interesting to see them talk after each other becuase he'd usually continue where she left off.

Do you remember which one of them it was that had the plan for erasing a doctor's student debts after 10 years?

JimBobby said...

Thanks for the comments, fellers an' gal. That doctors' student debt pledge came from the NDP. It sounds like a good idea to me.

The Green party has a similar plan for student debt but not specifically directed at doctors. Our plan is to forgive 50% of student debt when the student successfully graduates from university or college.

The Green Party also addreses the doctor shortage in rural areas with a plan something like the NDP plan:

Provide student loan forgiveness incentives for graduating doctors, nurses, paramedics and other health care professionals who agree to staff rural facilities and family practice clinics where recruitment is currently a problem.

Vision Green, page 72.

Ryan said...

The debate stirred dormant merger feelings for me. Frankly it seems to me that there are more similarities than differences in the two party platforms. Despite the fact that some would argue that the GPC is a "right-wing" party.

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed May in the debates!

Off-topic, but I'm curious on the Green take on Layton's attacks on carbon taxes. He has repeatedly come out swinging with words that attack any carbon tax, although his examples are at the federal and BC levels (he hasn't mentioned Quebec's carbon tax). Here is just the latest on the NDP website:

Layton also blasted Stephane Dion’s carbon tax proposal, calling it “the same as Gordon Campbell’s tax-your-family plan”, and pointing out that it’s “an ineffective and unfair way to address climate change.”

As you know, Dion and May do not dismiss any form of carbon pricing out of hand. I don't know of any environmentalist anywhere that does. Many of the NDP attacks on this speak against a carbon tax in general.