The not-so-great debate
Last night's Macleans/Rogers leaders' debate was painful to watch. It was a heavily sloped (one against four) playing field with a lone Stephen Harper facing off against three opposition party leaders and a Media Party Trudeau cheerleader, Paul Wells, who "moderated".
Predictably, the Media Party's National Post front page opinion column by another Trudeau cheer leader was headlined: "Billed as a gaffe-prone bumbler, Trudeau surprises with solid performance".
Well, at least the "gaffe prone bumbler" part of that sentence is
accurate. Justin has no record to defend, except for his ultra-thin
resume, his bumbling, his gaffes, his broken promises, his shameless
collection of speaking fees from charities and schools while still an
MP. However, none of that was challenged last night. If this had been a
debate run by, say, Fox News professionals he would have had to
answer for all of it. But, like the NP and Michael Den Tandt, Paul
Wells has been a Trudeau cheerleader from day one. Neither Den Tandt
nor Wells has ever exposed any of Trudeau's bumbling and contradictions
to daylight for the public to see and assess. They have instead, to
their discredit, consciously covered for him and they continue to do so.
In spite of having to deal with
four opponents, Stephen Harper
still came out ahead.
"Mad Tom" Mulcair
Oh, and one thing about Tom Mulcair - his
smile looked like it had been botox'd in place (though it faded towards
the end of the evening). Together with his wide-eyed stare this gave
him a bit of a crazed appearance. So, he's managed to change his
demeanor from "angry Tom" to "mad Tom".
The great debate
After getting tired of wincing during the Canadian leaders' debate, I switched to the Fox News hosted Republican top-ten candidates' debate in Cleveland, Ohio. Now that was something to behold. Ten contenders for the Republican nomination on one stage in a two-hour debate, tightly moderated by three exceptionally talented TV journalists. The moderators pulled no punches in grilling the candidates who in turn gave frank, concise and sometimes funny answers. Unlike the Canadian debate, there was suspense, there was drama, there was action and there was comedy - it was absolutely fabulous.