Adrian Dix Needn’t Do a Thing to Win: Clark and Cummins in Total Freefall
There have been moments over the last decade, when I have wondered what ever happened to the intelligent political operative in this province.
And this country.
After the early nineties, that animal became all but extinct.
Now, it’s a different incarnation altogether. So many gaffes; so many missed opportunities. Such stupidity. And the ego of some of these people!
I can count on one hand the back room advisers I’d hire as a dream team for any campaign. Two Liberals, three Conservatives and one NDPer.
Oh, wait, may I count my thumb twice? I shall? Why, thank you.
Not surprisingly, though, as the degradation in the back room happened, so went the front room; a kind of symbiotic rise in the wrong people working for you.
And yet, when I hear the public complaining about the calibre of elected officials, I laugh. Honestly, it astounds me: YOU ALL VOTED FOR THEM! Why complain now?
Think about it: We listen to a pile of promises we know they won’t keep. We start to shake our heads near the end of the writ period, when we see the fissures between truth and reality. And then after they’re well-ensconced in the luxuries we pay for, our whining begins.
As does the spinning by people like Sara the Gum. She was reassigned yesterday, from the Premier’s Office–in a highly partisan role, to the bureaucracy–in what is supposed to be an absolutely NON-PARTISAN role. What the hiring freeze? Forget impartiality. This is the Christy Clark government: We do what we want, when we want it. The public be damned.
This on heels of a weekend spent by Christy, shamelessly and SHAMEFULLY pandering to the story of little Amanda Todd, suicide victim. If you didn’t catch the softball interview with NW’s Sean Leslie on Saturday at 4:30pm, then don’t bother. Other than ONE tough question, which the Premier almost choked on, it was typical Leslie and his pal Christy, just shooting the breeze.
And this was capped by the shocking, shocking I say, discovery by some of you that thousands of “temporary” mining jobs will be going to Chinese nationals in order to secure all these (mostly mythological) mining contracts Christy plans to procure.
As well, more polls showing she’s as popular as the plague.
You know, I was disgusted enough with the appalling display of foaming by Christy about Amanda Todd, but the reassignment of The Gum, and then the Chinese worker deal had me longing for more insanity from the BC Conservatives.
And their viral stupidity never fails to disappoint.
For those that are still thrashing around on the floor after listening to BC Conservative President Al Siebring try to explain himself yesterday, well, here comes more.
These undemocratic dimwits that are fast running the BC Conservative party into the ground, have sent letters to 15 members, either expelling or suspending them–something like that. And the “disciplinary action” (which I’m told includes being played Olivia Newton-John albums and force fed rhubarb pie) will continue until morale improves.
Are the BC Conservatives a provincial party or an insane asylum? Are these people serious?
Apparently not, as we were then informed that the “dissidents” would not have their names released out of the party’s concern for privacy.
Okay, it’s confirmed, they are an insane asylum.
This all culminated during a weekend meeting (or short series of them) where, in no particular order:
• John Cummins went on an f-bomb tirade several times during one meeting to get his point across: that the party was lost without him and he wasn’t going to ‘lose’ to the ‘dissidents’.
• Just resigned former Director Joan Robinson, a most reasonable woman, was brow beaten over her objections to having any members tossed. This is what happens when you advocate for reason, fairness and peace. John Cummins and his disciples are deaf to this.
• The unruly (and surely actionable) process against the objectors to Cummins’ leadership (or, more accurately, lack thereof) is being led by two people: President Al Siebring, whose bovine stubbornness knows no bounds, and the always peculiar Will McMartin, their campaign boss, and sometimes journalist for the decidedly left wing The Tyee’ on line. The two of them have no clue what’s coming, and I’m not about to tip them off, but I sure hope they’re ready. It won’t be pretty.
• There is a definite split on the board of directors over this witch hunt of those who don’t like Cummins as leader. The so-called dissidents understand principled leadership, and they know Cummins is incapable of that. Meanwhile, back at the Siebring-McMartin silo, the smoke is filling the room. Can these people really be this daft?
• Defector John Martin’s constituency association is now closed, save for a part-time treasurer. Everyone has left. And among the growing list of BCCP constituencies against Cummins, the following have passed two very strong and legally binding resolutions:
1) Abbotsford South
2) Esquimalt – Royal Roads
3) Burnaby North
4) Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows
5) Juan de Fuca
6) Burnaby Edmonds
7) Coquitlam – Maillardville
Here’s the email each has made public:
“Press Release – October 15th, 2012
This is to advise you that an Emergency Constituency Association Executive Meeting was held of the (example) Coquitlam – Maillardville CA on Friday October 14th, 2012 at 8:00pm.
Two resolutions were passed:
Resolution 1: Be it resolved, that Coquitlam -Maillardville CA requisition the BCCP provincial board for a Special General Meeting.
Resolution 2: Be it resolved, that the Coquitlam-Maillardville CA formally request the resignation of John Cummins to facilitate a BCCP leadership race.”
I’m told that of the original list of twenty CAs against Cummins, the list has now grown to thirty. The vicious attacks by Cummins’ ‘God Squad’ have backfired, big time–as they should’ve!
All of which leaves me wondering whatever happened to the centered advisor that gave reasonable, level-headed advice!!! He must surely be extinct.
This is one of the most depressing periods in BC political history.
Meanwhile, Adrian Dix was seen singing in the garden of the legislature this morning.
The one nearest the entrance of the Premier’s Office…
Tomorrow you get a double whammy: What REALLY happened to social media? And, finally, the inside scoop on BCCP President Al Siebring.