It’s unclear why Poilievre “felt that he needed to” meet with Topp, said Stephanie Carvin, a former CSIS analyst who now teaches at Carleton University.“But it definitely was a choice with consequences,” she said — including, potentially, emboldening and legitimizing the more extreme views among the convoy’s supporters....experts are starting to worry about the influence politicians could have in legitimizing extreme ideas.“They seem to be playing this culture war knowingly,” said Evan Balgord, executive director of the Canadian Anti-Hate Network, in an interview with Global News.For Balgord, what Poilievre chose to do on June 30 “wasn’t a surprise.”“He was positioning himself to earn the support of the far-right in his leadership race.”
Finally we see a journalist used the definite description --"zero evidence" -- instead of mealy-mouthed bafflegab.
I was looking over videos I took during the Canada Day convoy protest and came across this one.— Rachel Gilmore (@atRachelGilmore) July 6, 2022
The man I spoke to very politely told me that he’s not sure Trudeau was democratically elected.
There is zero evidence to back up this claim. pic.twitter.com/N8x4lKvugg
Scrimshaw notes how incredibly stupid and thin-skinned it was for Poilievre to issue this press release:
Poilievre's team sent this to me on Tuesday in response to my request for comment.— Rachel Gilmore (@atRachelGilmore) July 7, 2022
It read like a press release then.
I guess it *was* a press release.
Here are the questions I asked, which - instead of answering - he replied to by calling me "unprofessional."
But why this press release matters is that the Poilievre team just tipped their hands about a very important point – they can get blown off message incredibly easily.A TV interview with Evan Solomon got Poilievre to confirm he’d fire the Governor of the Bank Of Canada, and now an article about Convoy ties to the far right has Poilievre invoking Trudeau’s Blackface (I’ll leave it to your imagination how those two things happened).It’s genuinely thin-skinned bullshit, but even more than it being thin-skinned, it’s just not a good trait in a political leader to have the political equivalent of Tourette’s Syndrome, to quote the post-Sorkin West Wing.Swinging at every pitch in politics is a disaster, because sometimes the right move is to avoid the trap, and this pattern of behaviour from Poilievre and his team is evidence that he doesn’t have that tool in his arsenal.He is as addicted to the news cycle and the Twitter likes and the Facebook views that he has to pump out this shit daily, but the problem is, sometimes you don’t have to make news. Sometimes, it’s better to sit one out, and just leave an unfriendly article alone.How many more people do you think saw the Global article at the core of this fight after his press release? Giving oxygen to this story is an insane idea if you’re Poilievre.
Um, this is...massive?— Rachel Gilmore (@atRachelGilmore) July 7, 2022
James Topp's arrival in Ottawa -- which Pierre Poilievre joined him for -- appears to have been, at least in part, organized by someone affiliated with Diagolon.
Yikes. Yikes. Yikes. https://t.co/3X5phqRNX0
And yes, I agree with Steve:
When is it going to sink in with Conservatives that you cannot run a G7 nation, let alone a major political party, based on an alt-reality grift steeped in hate. Unless they just think MAGA is also Canada's future.— Douglas Hunter (@DWHauthor) July 6, 2022
Every now and then I have a moment of clarity and realize I'm more anxious and depressed than I've ever been in 64 years BECAUSE THERE ARE MORE EXCELLENT REASONS TO BE ANXIOUS AND DEPRESSED than there have been in all that time. We've been frog-boiled into actual Hell.— Steve Silberman (@stevesilberman) July 5, 2022
The Atlantic has a huge article out tonight by Mark Liebovich about what Trump has done to the Republican party: The Most Pathetic Men in America.
And that's why there are no republican comedians. You can't fit all that on a marquee.— Elayne Let Everyone Vote Boosler (@ElayneBoosler) July 7, 2022
Wow, that's gonna leave a mark. I hope.Trump said and did obviously awful and dangerous things—racist and cruel and achingly dumb and downright evil things. But on top of that, he is a uniquely tiresome individual, easily the sorest loser, the most prodigious liar, and the most interminable victim ever to occupy the White House. He is, quite possibly, the biggest crybaby ever to toddle across history’s stage, from his inaugural-crowd hemorrhage on day one right down to his bitter, ketchup-flinging end.Seriously, what public figure in the history of the world comes close?My former New York Times colleague David Brooks wrote it best: “We’ve got this perverse situation in which the vast analytic powers of the entire world are being spent trying to understand a guy whose thoughts are often just six fireflies beeping randomly in a jar.”Better objects of our scrutiny—and far more compelling to me—are the slavishly devoted Republicans whom Trump drew to his side.It’s been said before, but can never be emphasized enough: Without the complicity of the Republican Party, Donald Trump would be just a glorified geriatric Fox-watching golfer.I’ve interviewed scores of these collaborators, trying to understand why they did what they did and how they could live with it.... The courage and character of Ukraine stands in perverse contrast to America’s cowering Republican Party, whose resistance might as well have been led by the Uvalde police.It remains astonishing to me that, after everything we’ve been through with Trump and everything we’re still learning, he remains anything but radioactive in his party.
This is not an action Russia would take if it were winning. I hope Ukraine will take advantage of this.
⚡️ Institute for the Study of War: Russia takes ‘operational pause’ to recover combat abilities.— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) July 8, 2022
The ISW confirmed its assessment that Russia is undergoing an “operational pause,” meaning it will likely ease its offensives in Ukraine to ameliorate conditions for a future attack.
"By July 7, Russia had lost most of its key ammunition depots, and many of its smaller depots in occupied Donbas." https://t.co/9LKmwvMLw3— Michael Weiss 🌻🇺🇸🇮🇪 (@michaeldweiss) July 7, 2022
And in some Saskatchewan news related to Ukraine:
Ukrainian flag arrives in Snake Island after Russian retreat https://t.co/HM2XoRdr8l— raincoaster (@raincoaster) July 5, 2022
De-Nazification of Snake Island proceeds apace. #OpNazi #OpRussia #OpDomesticTerrorism (all the same op if you dig deep enough)
Today, these supplies were loaded onto the plane and will be delivered to the Ukrainian embassy in Poland, where they will be distributed to those who need it most.— Scott Moe (@PremierScottMoe) July 7, 2022
Thank you to everyone who made this possible.
Over two dozen provincial government and airport employees volunteered their evening to pack humanitarian supplies bound for Poland. The goods will be given to Ukrainians who have fled the war. The donations left on the same plane that brought Ukrainians to Regina this week. pic.twitter.com/G05EoZRszR— Wayne Mantyka (@WayneMantykaCTV) July 7, 2022
NYT: Yes Sauron Can Be Quite Aggressive But Consider Hobbits Who Go Around Throwing People's Jewelry Into Lava Pits— Daniel José Older (@djolder) July 4, 2022
It was Sauron's Ring to Begin With: The Moral Dilemma of Property Rights in the Battle for Middle Earth— 🦎SwampLizard🦎 (@DiscoTempoJazz) July 4, 2022
Fox News: Far left Elven radicals instigate violent attacks by domestic hobbits against the authority of Morgoth. In other news, Boromir pronounced dead at scene after resisting arrest. Uruk-hai spokesman: "He was reaching. We felt threatened. He left us no choice."— (A)ndrew Nellis (@Axiomatic_Lies) July 4, 2022
Economists agree that the industrialization of the Shire is all but inevitabile, yet it continues to be thwarted by the violent resistance of the local agrarians. Their ringleader is a self proclaimed burglar, fresh from foreign exploits.— Jim Aye (@jiminfantino) July 5, 2022
Tonight we go deep into Mordor to interview the owner of a diner run by a dedicated nineteenth-generation Easterling. “Business is better than ever,” he says. Later, Gandalf stumbles while dismounting Shadowfax. Is 24,000 years too old for a wizard? Wormtongue says it is.— nun for the road (@d1sclosur) July 4, 2022
Once a year, for a rare moment at 7:15 AM EDT on July 8th, 99% of the world's population will be in the Sun. About 6.4 billion people in the daytime, while more than 1.2 billion people experience twilight. How cool is that! Source: https://t.co/5fN1IaFR3c pic.twitter.com/uPjjfzVP9j— Tony Pann (@TonyPannWBAL) July 7, 2022