02 December 2006

Dryden Pressed

    Watching some of the speeches from the Liberal leadership candidates last night, it occurred to me that the main reason Ken Dryden isn't in better shape is that he isn't in better shape.  Almost universally respected, he gave by far the best speech last night and demonstrated real strength for rough-and-tumble of campaigning.  The only reason I can gather for his weak showing is that he doesn't look like the typical Prime Minister: he's bulkier than the average leader, something that's not as absurd as it sounds.  Think Martin, Chretien, Trudeau, Turner, Mulroney, Campbell, all of whom were either lanky, like Trudeau, or average-with-a-gut, like Martin.  An odd thing to note, of course, though I wonder if there's something in the optic-driven political world that demands leaders in Canada be, if not "lean and hungry," then at least acceptable approximates thereto.  I can't help but wonder if that's what subconsciously influenced the formation of the Top Four.  Instead, Dryden gets dumped to the ignominious laureate of being "the conscience of the party," which is roughly equivalent to a suitor being told what a wonderful friend he is.  The best man never wins; he gets nudged, and then pressed, to the side, where he's remaindered to wistful stalwarcy.  It's a shame.  He deserved better.  Then again, maybe he's better off not being baloney's bridegroom.  There's no way that stuff's good for ya.
 
    FOOTNOTE:  Yes, I know there's no such word as "stalwarcy," but "stalwartness" is such an ugly word.  I like my invention better.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I for one wouldn't mind having a Prime Minister Dryden; it has a "laureate" ring to it : ) (I know that's geeky, but in the land of the blind, the one eyed man is king. In this case, the guy with the cool name).

Incidentally, I was forced to switch to Blogger-Google Beta. What's up with that?

Anonymous said...

There's a terrible prejudice against those of us who have lost our figger. How about Doctor Johnson for PM? Or, failing that, Dr J? Either would have my enthusiastic vote. As long as I could be Foreign Secretary and in charge of the Language Police. Jawohl! Ve haf vayss off makingk you grammatical. Ach!

RK said...

NO, NO! NOT Anonymous! I am the Great Bear! Growl!

Dr J said...

Dr J for PM? Sounds like much too much work. I'd have to find out what people want so I could know what to oppose. After all, I wouldn't want to be a part of any country that would have me as a Member. Angels and Prime Ministers....

RB-- I still can't switch over to Blogger Beta. Damned thing won't let me. So much for the benefits of seniority.

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