The Dauphin's fraud is briefly exposed:
“You keep referring to the middle-class,” Hall Findlay said Saturday. “You yourself have admitted that you actually don’t belong to the middle-class. I find it a little challenging to understand how you would understand the real challenges facing Canadians.”
Apparently this is a severe career limiting move on the part of Martha Hall Findlay. I can understand that her comments might come off as being petty and personal, but she is actually telling the truth. The typical Tory candidate gets far worse personal attacks just running in some obscure riding in urban Ontario. Stockwell Day and Stephen Harper have received absolutely vicious personal attacks for years. Why the heck is the Dauphin so special?
Years ago it used to be said that in hockey there was a no-hit rule for Wayne Gretzky. The Great One was far too special to be handled in the usual rough and ready way of Canada's national sport. Apparently Justin Trudeau is getting the Gretzky treatment, except that the Boy from Brantford was a legendary athlete and the boy from Sussex Drive is an empty suit. You can argue that Gretzky earned his alleged special status. Justin hasn't earned anything.
Now put yourself in Martha Hall Findlay's professional pumps. The lady is a curriculum vitae fetishist. By the time she graduated university she had already accomplished more than Justin has in his four decades on this planet. That's not an exaggeration. In the popular parlance she is a big-time keener. What must be going through that perfectly coiffed head of hers? Staring for hours at Justin's vacuous face.
I think we can hazard a guess: I'm smarter, tougher and more experienced than this trust fund baby and yet he's winning! For someone who has been so successful, so intent on being first place, being beaten by Justin Trudeau must be especially galling. A person like that can accept defeat at the hands of a Bob Rae or Michael Ignatieff, each keeners in their own way. But a keener cannot accept defeat at the hands of a rich pretty boy.
Frankly, Martha just snapped.
I don't blame her. She was right to say what she said. It was politically very stupid. Then again truth and politics are at best nodding acquaintances. Everyone is suppose to pretend that Justin Trudeau is a serious candidate for the office of Prime Minister. Much in the same way that everyone is suppose to pretend that all babies are cute. It's a courtesy. Too much courtesy can be a dangerous thing as the Grits are about to discover when Justin is anointed in a few weeks time. Martha asked a reasonable question, which perhaps could have been phrased more tactfully.
How does a man fight for the middle class when he's never had to earn a living? It's possible. But Justin Trudeau's boilerplate response suggested not understanding but noblesse oblige. The Son of Pierre is gracious enough to enter politics and help you, the little people. I've had this great education and all these wonderful experiences, now I'm going to cast a little daylight into your sad and miserable lives. Let us be grateful.
The more I see of Justin the more I recall how much I like Conrad Black. The man emits a high intensity rich WASP vibe that can be sensed from several postal codes away. It requires very little to imagine Lord Black holding a snifter of Brandy in one hand while maneuvering toy soldiers with the other. His lips form a thin smile as your right flank is crushed by his artillery. There is no pretense to the man. Conrad Black is a very rich and very intelligent man who makes you perfectly aware that he is both. He doesn't even have to try, it's just the way he is. Justin Trudeau, by contrast, is making a very poor impression of a mediocre politician.
It isn't the real Justin we see in these Grit confabs, except in his natural shallowness. It's a prepackaged Justin-flavouring prepared by Gerald Butts & C0 of Toronto. The real Justin is an unremarkable though sometimes histrionic school teacher. Not an MP. Not a party leader. Definitely not Prime Ministerial timber. He is an exaggerated creature. Exaggerated first by his staff and then by a content starved media.
Martha Hall Findlay has done a great service to the country, if not to herself. She was rude enough to expose the Justin phenomenon for what it is. Will the rest of the Liberal Party be rude enough and smart enough to agree that she's right?
Not betting on it.