Monday, March 28, 2011

I Love the New Ignatieff 'Eyebrows" For the Press. Where Can I Get a Pair?

The Ignatieff team was handing out fake 'Ignatieff Eyebrows' to the media. I don't know if John Ivison was trying to strike an Iggy pose, but he looked more like Khrushchev.

Contrast that to Harper already limiting media access.

Michael Ignatieff is also going after Harper's poor fiscal record, spending us into deficit long before the recession even started. That's what he needs to do. Let Harper continue his personal attacks and coalition bogeyman campaign. Frankly, he's starting to sound like a comic book character and it's grating on people's nerves. Shazam.

The Globe also reminds voters: Let’s not make Ignatieff a personal issue
Personal attacks on Mr. Ignatieff have been the preferred tactic of his political opponents from the moment he entered political life after a distinguished career as a human-rights theorist, writer and academic. These attacks have benefited from an unfortunate national prejudice that views success abroad with suspicion or, in its extreme form, contempt. He is indeed an extraordinary Canadian.

He was listed as one of the world’s 100 leading public intellectuals by Foreign Policy for his thinking on the “tension between security and human rights, the fight against modern terrorism and the philosophy of freedom.” (That quote is taken from the citation of one of his 11 honorary degrees.) His books have received many awards, including the Governor-General’s Award for Literature and the George Orwell Prize, and one was short-listed for the Booker Prize.

The American philosopher Francis Fukuyama called Mr. Ignatieff’s Lionel Gelber Prize-winning book, Blood and Belonging: Journeys into the New Nationalism, “a marvellous work that shows the diversity, complexity, agonies and horrors of nationalism with greater depth and insight than most, if not all, academic treatises.” He has written for The New Yorker, hosted programs for the BBC, and has held teaching positions at Cambridge, the University of London and Harvard.
Time to bring back the smart.

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