Finding the time to keep up with political controversy these days is a near impossibility.
If it’s not Lorraine Michael bawling about her caucus being mean to her, it’s Mike Duffy bawling about Stephen Harper being mean to him. Lets face it – there’s a lot of meanness in politics, and no one should be shocked when in-fighting becomes personal, like it has this week.
The Provincial NDP was on a fast track to success, it seemed. Their approval rating was through the roof, more popular than the Government, and for the first time in history, they seemed to actually be making strides towards success in the political ring.
There was a chance – albeit still a small one – that Lorraine Michael could have been the next Premier of this province – or at the very least, an opposition leader to a minority Government. But Dale Kirby took care of that, now, didn’t he?
Kirby is what we would call … a disturber of feces – yes, that sounds better.
He was upset with some stuff, and wanted to see it fixed, so he went behind the back of the person he had the issue with, and got numbers to back him up before he addressed the issue. The problem, though, is when Dale yelled, “CHARGE!” not all the cavalry came with him.
If you’ve followed the news at all, you know that Kirby and his apparent cohort, Christopher Mitchelmore, have resigned their seats in caucus and will sit at independent MHAs in the House of Assembly.
The fact that the b’ys have resigned isn’t the most troubling part of this whole story. It’s the reason they resigned that we need to worry about.
If the NDP has proven anything throughout all this, it’s that they’ve been pulling the wool over the eyes of pollsters for quite some time. The fact that these people could actually potentially form a Government, or even oppose a Government and be involved in passion legislation, is somewhat scary at this point.
Here you are, with two of their members forming a coup de tat, and two more pulling in the clothesline because they said something that they didn’t mean to say.
Oh, and not to mention a leader that came out publically and hung them all out to dry, isolating herself as a victim who was wounded and weak.
So here’s what they should have done:
Dale Kirby should have went to each MHA and had a meeting about what they wanted to do. Then they should have all requested a meeting with Michael and discussed their concerns – with nothing in writing, nothing ‘official’ and nothing incriminating. If that didn’t work, then you go official, and in writing.
If the media found out what was going on, no one should have talked – not Michael, not anyone. Let the media do what they want, and use your time to figure out how you’re going to make the press look foolish in the process. Now, this is coming from the press, here, remember.
After things are resolved, Michael comes out and announces the results of what they’ve come to – similar to what she did this week. When asked, this was a party decision, and they’re going forward together.
No one would have been any wiser of in-fighting or conflict amongst the parties, and the approval rating would have likely stayed where it was, or given the new-found sense of working together, they might even have gone up a bit.
But in any case, its no good to live in a world of woulda’ shoulda’ coulda’, I suppose. For now, the NDP will have to live with the place they find themselves.
Oh, and in case you’re wondering, while we’re on the topic of ‘should have done,’ what about Mike Duffy? Well that one’s simple. Whatever Duffy has, or claims he has, and what he’s saying these days about the going on should have been said ages ago. Then we could have all went home and focused on this NDP thing this week. Instead I’m flicking channels back and forth trying to keep up with both – and that’s really getting frustrating.