APPEARANCES can be deceptive, especially in politics. If Stéphane Dion makes it until Christmas intact, the odds are that he’ll be our next prime minister in any election in the spring or beyond.
The opinion-making apparatus of pollsters, pundits and editorial writers has it the other way, of course: that Dion is badly wounded, taking new injuries daily from the wily Stephen Harper, and is bleeding to death.
The political opinion business, however, is notorious for its short-term thinking. Remember the impending "coronation" of Paul Martin a couple of years ago? He had, after all, hit a staggering 80 per cent in the polls. What could go wrong? Or Jean Chrétien when he became Liberal leader in the early 1990s. He couldn’t speak English, he couldn’t read the TelePrompTer, his mouth wasn’t right for TV. He was going nowhere.
I guess that's another way of looking at things. Reminded me of a Quote from one of my favourite actors.
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