Friday, March 23, 2007

You sure you don't want to rephrase, Stephen?


The Blogging Tories' Stephen Taylor channels his inner 8-year-old:

... when Stephane Dion whines that Stephen Harper is being unfair, he is not appealing to our sense of sympathy, he is unwittingly appealing to our schoolyard instincts. Nobody likes the whiner and his whiny mother in the press gallery who called our parents and the principal ...

... Too bad for Stephane, he can't whine and take his ball home. This Parliament is Harper's and our pal Steve is the king of the court.

Um, yeah ... about that whining and taking one's ball home, Stephen:

Harper to avoid national media, claiming bias

Prime Minister Stephen Harper accused members of the national media on Wednesday of bias, vowing to avoid them from now on in favour of less hostile local reporters.

Harper told a London, Ont. TV station in an interview that the Ottawa press gallery has decided to become the Official Opposition to his Conservative government, and that he's experiencing difficulty that no Liberal prime minister would ever have to face.

Somehow, Stephen Taylor's phrase "the whiner and his whiny mother" keeps coming back to me. Go figure.

1 comment:

Niles said...

"when Stephane Dion whines that Stephen Harper is being unfair, he is not appealing to our sense of sympathy, he is unwittingly appealing to our schoolyard instincts. Nobody likes the whiner and his whiny mother"

Let's see...who does that describe in the schoolyard...the bullies and their hangers on who are pissed off they got their shit called into the light and they're now suspended from school...so it's all the whiny victim's fault for reporting them to the authorities and not theirs for behaving atrociously?

Yeah, I know the schoolyard psychology has for generations been to suck up your teeth off the ground and not tell. It empowered exactly one school faction. The bullies.

Now, schools are putting in bully intervention programs that enable everyone else to short circuit bullying, with resultant lifting of psychological pressure all around.

So...for an adult to degrade another adult for having the temerity to speak out against bullying bad behaviour, and claim "our pal Steve is the king of the court" tells the world this fellow is a bully hanger on.

And it reminds me of the WB Sylvester the cat cartoon (involving a giant aussie 'mouse') where the little dog is slavishly devoted to the big bully dog, his 'pal' Spike. I just don't see the reformative, revelatory ending of the cartoon for Mr. S. Taylor. And that's sad.