Apparently, we hard-hearted progressives are being, well, hard-hearted:
Everybody has been crying for Defence Minister Gordon O'Connor's head ever since the first reports came out about Afghan detainees being handed over by Canadian forces to local authorities for certain torture.
Everybody, it seems, except the general public:
Oh, this should be good. I need some wicked, right-wing spin to brighten up my day, as "Loyalist" links us to the ruthlessly objective and bi-partisan Ottawa Citizen, where we learn:
A new Ipsos Reid poll, conducted exclusively for CanWest News Service and Global National, found 53 per cent of Canadians believe it is unfair for opposition parties to call for Mr. O'Connor to step down as they have been doing almost every day recently in the House of Commons.
And before we go any further, perhaps it's worth asking why this 53 per cent is so open-minded and forgiving. Maybe, just maybe, it's because they really don't see a problem here, given that they've been fed a steady stream of Conservative lies, from "Torture? What torture?" to "We have no evidence of torture" to "We have no first-hand evidence of torture" to "Well, OK, there was that one time but it was just some locals getting rambunctious" to "Hey, that guy had the crap beat out of him before we got here." I think it's safe to say that if I got my news from places like official CPoC press releases and the Blogging Tories, I wouldn't see what the fuss was about either. But we're not done here; let's read on.
On the other hand, 36 per cent of Canadians believe Mr. O'Connor has been negligent and should have been monitoring what was happening to the detainees after they were turned over to Afghan officials.
Hmmm ... only 36 per cent, he reports, as if this shouldn't be cause for alarm. Here's a hint, Loyalist: 36 per cent is not insignificant, as you seem to be suggesting. In fact, it's fucking frightening -- that's more than 1 in 3 Canadians who, despite the frantic spin coming out of Ottawa these days, think that O'Connor just plain fucked up.
And if you don't think 36 per cent is something to be concerned about, Loyalist, let me give you something else to chew on -- 36 per cent is exactly the percentage of the popular vote in the last federal election that gave your hero Stephen Harper a minority government.
In short, Loyalist, when you have the same number of people who voted Conservative in 2006 that are now publicly stating that O'Connor is unfit to hold his current position, well, I'd be really, really careful about suggesting that the opinion of 36 per cent of Canadians doesn't matter.