December 28, 2011
What's amusing is the crowds cheer at it
“Every barrel of oil that comes out of those sands in Canada is a barrel of oil that we don’t have to buy from a foreign source.” -- One of Republican presidential candidate Gov. Rick Perry's favourite applause lines in Iowa.
The roster of utter screwball incompetents that the Republicans have to choose from doesn't need to be pointed out here: obviously electing any of them would pretty much be a disaster for human history, but they're so all completely unelectable in a race with the current office holder that I can't say I'm worried. I will say that I think the utter nuttiness of the GOP at this time is probably having a favourable effect on how people are viewing the Harper government here in Canada. They've defined conservatism so crazily and unrecognizably now in the United States that our own PM's brand of the substance can't help look utterly reasonable and moderate by comparison.
"endearingly macho" -- Mark Steyn
"wonderfully detailed analysis" -- John Allemang, Globe and Mail
"unusually candid" -- Tom Ricks, Foreignpolicy.com
Bill & Bob
Ghosts of Alex