Friday, August 26, 2011

HM Lucky PM? unlucky larry?

You can almost hear larry's gnashing of teeth and weeping and wailing.

There are times in politics when leaders don’t have to do much, when everything turns in their favour, when adversaries self-destruct, or pass away, when providence clears the path.


Lawrence Martin is the author of 10 books, including six national bestsellers. His most recent, Harperland, was nominated for the Shaughnessy Cohen award. His other works include two volumes on Jean Chrétien, two on Canada-U.S. relations and three books on hockey.

Luck is fleeting, it doesn’t happen often — unless you’re Stephen Harper. The prime minister’s case is becoming all the more extraordinary. His opponents fall with a regularity that borders on the surreal.

Before the recent federal election, it was noted that the tides of fortune often swing in Harper’s favour. What we didn’t realize was that the fates still had so many favours still to bestow. They were moving into a higher gear.

Behold what has happened since.


More gnashing from Dan Gardner and the Economist.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Poor unlucky Lawrence Martin. How could every unpleasant outcome that he hoped for just not happen? Perhaps that's what happens when you put partisan politics ahead of thoughtful analysis. Lawrence Martin may be the author of 10 books, including six national bestsellers, but it doesn't prevent him from being consistently wrong about Harper - or petty.

robins111 said...

I did have a wee smile on my face when I read this article Roy.

He kinda reminds me of that cartoon guy Dick Dastardly hen every scheme gets clobbered in the end.

Anonymous said...

Exactly - OR - the roadrunner.

Anonymous said...

I read the book recently. Lawrence Martin cannot give Mr. Harper credit for strategy, intelligence, or hard work, and so Mr. Harper's success must all be due to luck. This Lawrence Martin-style thinking will help keep the Liberals in the backwaters for years.

Bubba Brown said...

An otherwise intellegent aquaintance of mine is very Liberal.
After the Conservative landslide, he was not very gracious.
Finally he managed to choke out a "you must be happy"
I am, but pointed out the long hard road that began with Reform, Deb Grey, Alliance, finally joining everybody together.
This was done in spite of dick-heads like Joe Cluck and very hostile Media, who would run with any rumor.
actually making decisions and policies that have made Canada one of the best places on earth to do buisness and live.
Perfect? No but can't you see what the alternative would have been?
Green Tax Hell and everywhere day care?
I think he may be a Conservative after all.
Mr Martin dosen't like PM Harper, he's going to have to realize we all don't agree with him or most of the rest of the anal rentitive Media.
All they have left is making a saint out the worst abuser of expense accounts in Canadian history.

Comte de Waldeck said...

Sun Tzu tells us that if you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. Furthermore, if you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. However, if you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.

Poor Larry. Unable to understand these basic rules,Larry has no other explanation for Harper's success then "it must be witchcraft".

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