The Second Coming of Mickey I. is in…

…an adoring article in the NY Times Fashion & Style section. I certainly don’t see much style these days–unless one considers arrogant threatening and hectoring to be stylish. I put Mr Ignatieff on probation after he returned to Canada to become a Liberal politician; I revoked it in August 2007.
His descent into degraded political partisanship is simply embarrassing, considering the worthy “public intellectual” he once was; taking after his great-grandfather mentioned at the end of the preceding link, I guess.
Chuckercanuck turns his own knife:

4,000 Women Abandoned by Iggy
An astonishing 4,000 Iraqi women are running for office.
When it was helpful to his career, Michael Ignatieff took the plight of Iraqis seriously.
When it became helpful to his career, Michael Ignatieff threw Iraqis under the bus and divorced himself from the goal of a democratic and peaceful Iraq…

The Ottawa Citizen ran its own Mickey I. puff-piece Feb. 2 (listed as “news”, no kidding). I sent the following letter to the editor, which it looks like will not be published:

Donna Jacobs, in her fawning piece about Michael Ignatieff (“Ignatieff raises his game”, Feb. 2), claims that former prime minister Lester Pearson “was away from Canada some 25 years”. Apparently this is an effort to draw a parallel with the new Liberal Party leader who was indeed an expatriate, in Britain and then the U.S., for close to three decades.
But the facts are that Mr. Pearson was only abroad while serving with the Canadian military during the First World War, from 1935 until 1941 with the Canadian High Commission in London, and from 1942 until 1946 at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C. That’s a whole lot less than 25 years and much less than Mr. Ignatieff’s lengthy uninterrupted sojourn in foreign parts. Moreover, while out of Canada, Mr. Pearson–unlike Mr. Iganatieff–was always in the service of his country.

By the way, I’ve been getting e-mails from the Mickster for some time. And now, for pity’s sake, I’m getting them from the son of another Liberal saviour, Justin Trudeau:

Dear Liberal Friend,
If the past few weeks have been any indication, this year is shaping up to be an exciting one for the Liberal Party of Canada, and that excitement will reach a fever pitch at our 2009 Leadership and Biennial Convention. Liberal members from coast to coast to coast will be gathering in Vancouver, BC at a watershed moment for our party, as we ratify our new leader and chart our course for the important work ahead.
Justin Trudeau
Co-chair, 2009 Leadership and Biennial Convention
Liberal Party of Canada
PS. If you are uncertain about your membership status, please contact us at

I’m not rushing to the keyboard.
Mark C.


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