Audacity?

United States Senator Barack Obama graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1991, being elected the first African American president of its law review. He then went on to work as a civil rights lawyer and constitutional law professor before entering public life and going on to become one of the Democrat's leading voices. But, apparently, provincial Liberal president Mickey Patryluk thinks this potential progressive presidential candidate has something in common with Premier Gordon Campbell.

Speaking at the provincial Liberal biennial convention, Ms. Patryluk said, "I am currently reading a work by Barack Obama entitled the Audacity of Hope. That title captured my imagination. It's a clever and compelling notion that resonates right here - where we needed leadership that would bring hope to a province which, during the nineties, had lost its optimism as we slid from first to last in Canada."

"But, hope alone, is simply the acknowledgement of what is possible," continued Ms. Patryluk. "Hope, to be implemented, requites courage and determination - even in the face of profoundly unkind personal attacks by some opponents - Gordon Campbell has squared his shoulders and refused to be drawn into political expedient responses. Instead, he continues to consult with all of us in studying issues with realism, practicality and thoughtfulness. His leadership has revived the Audacity of Hope in British Columbia and has inspired us to move forward again with pride, with optimism and with confidence for the benefit of this generation and those that follow."

Uh-huh. The premier then took to the stage to deliver his convention address, in which suggested pessimism is part of the New Democrat's "genetic code. It's woven deeply into their DNA." And he alleged British Columbia Federation of Labour concerns about immigrant workers being imported into British Columbia had "disturbing undertones."

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They are far apart as one could be:

Compare:

He's a lawyer, Campbell is not.

He's a Democrat. Campbell in the U.S. environment
would be a centre right to right wing
Republican.

Obama's 2002 Senate campaign was run with no opposition candidate.

Campbell's 2005 campaign had significant competition.

Different schools. Harvard (Obama) is much more difficult to get and to complete than UBC (Campbell)

Different politicial systems. Competition to be recognised in the Senate in the U.S. is much more
difficult and far more competitive than here.

Elected Senate in the U.S. Appointed Senate in Canada.

Barak is a product of political manufacture.

Campbell is a product of his own initiative.

Barak seems to be a publicity hound.

Campbell insists to getting things done.

Different political environment.

Illinois isn't as competitive politically as
British Columbia.

"Barak is a product of political manufacture.

Campbell is a product of his own initiative.

Barak seems to be a publicity hound.

Campbell insists to getting things done."


Larry Liberal, you're showing more audacity here than enough. But if you're determined to pursue this, maybe you could get Bob Plecas to write a fawning biography of Premier Campbell, and then have Bud Smith donate 20 copies to every public library in BC.

Mr. Obama, as a civil rights activist, has brought hope for the forgottten, the downtrodden and the disenfranchised.

Mr. Campbell has certainly brought hope to the entrepreneur, the investor and the employer, but under his leadership I have watched the total erosion of hope, the darkest depths of despair, shared by too many parents of children with special needs, families of disabled adults, homelss individuals with mental health or addiction issues, single moms, etc to consider that an even remotely apt comparison.

Audacity? Sure. More than that, however, the immunity to humanity is just plain frightening...

"Larry Liberal, you're showing more audacity here than enough. But if you're determined to pursue this, maybe you could get Bob Plecas to write a fawning biography of Premier Campbell, and then have Bud Smith donate 20 copies to every public library in BC."

No need:

Bill Bennet: 1973-1986 (3 terms)
Gordon Campbell: 1995- (2 terms)

Bill Bennett: Worked in a hardware store
Gordon Campbell: Worked as a Mayor's Assistant.

Bill Bennett: Respected.
Gordon Campbell: Worshipped.

Bill Bennett: Macromanager and team consensus.
Grodon Campbell: Micromanager and group control.

Bill Bennett: Managed government through
economic difficulty.

Gordon Campbell: Managed government through
economic prosperity.

Bill Bennett: Met strong opposition party
Gordon Campbell: Met weak opposition party.

Bill Bennett: Constituency based party
Gordon Campbell: headquarters based party.

Bill Bennett: "Son of Socred, "Socred II" by
Stan Persky.

Gordon Campbell: No books written by leftwing
author yet.

Bill Bennett: Lives in Westbank
Gordon Campbell: Lived in Kitsilano.

How does anyone come up with the idea that Gordon Campbell would be a Republican in the US, let alone a right wing Republican???

Last time I looked, he was a moderate fiscal conservative and a social liberal. In the US is this what the pragmatic centrist Democrats are.

Last time I looked, he was a moderate fiscal conservative and a social liberal. In the US is this what the pragmatic centrist Democrats are.

U.S. Democrats are supported in majority by labour unions and are centre-left in ideaology. They are also more protectionist when it comes to trade issues.

They do have a liberal philosophy,which equates them roughly with the Liberal Party of Canada.

Campbell would be best described as a "social-Conservative" (i.e. the real one, being fiscal conservative, socially responsible), but he is adamantly pro-business so he would be Republican (Campbell would not get endorsements from union organisations or from what would be abelled "working Americans". The Republican Party
is more right wing now than it used to be, but
that's about to change starting next week.The Republicans probably realize they've gone as far
as they can to the right, and will now move left,
to capture more voters in the centre.

Since Campbell is pro-free trade, that would clash with the Democrat's opposition to absolute trade agreements, esp. in the resources sector.

It's those Democrats (and a few Republicans) which caused trouble with the Softwood Agreement.

Campbell would be Republican, but a moderate one.

Campbell is not particularly a social liberal since he has espoused Republican like philosophies
when it comes to taking care of the down and out
and not particularly providing the best available
care for disadvantaged citizens.

He has however done alot for disadvantaged businesses.

"Bill Bennett: Worked in a hardware store
Gordon Campbell: Worked as a Mayor's Assistant.

Bill Bennett: Respected.
Gordon Campbell: Worshipped."

Yes, yes, Larry Liberal, of course.

I guess I should have known better than to invite more of this. BTW, ... do you have more gems like these? These are keepers, especially the worshipped bit. In your opinion, do the worshippers include the Maui Police? I realize that's a rude thing to say, but I just couldn't resist.

He has however done alot for disadvantaged businesses.

Posted by George Washington on November 8, 2006


I am not sure if this is a serious remark or not. What has he done for small businesses, such as minority owned or female owned businesses that have difficulties with credit?

Budd, why should anyone be treated any differently based on their religion, race, sex or anything else?

If you want to go into business, understand you do not deserve special treatment. I believe preferential treatment cost B.C. taxpayers a small fortune under the NDP.

Let's see business subsidies to Skeena mill to the tune of $400+ million did a great job keeping the mill alive didn't they?

Bill Bennett: Sun and golf in Palm Springs
Gordon Campbell: Martinis and beach in Maui.

Bill Bennett: ALRT (Skytrain Expo Line)
Gordon Campbell: RAV (Canada Line)

Bill Bennett: Electrified a part of BC Rail.
Gordon Campell: Electrified opposition to the
sale of BC Rail.

Bill Bennett: 5 free BCRIC Shares.
Gordon Campbell: Public-Private Partnerships.

Bill Bennett: Helped build Whistler, 1980's.
Gordon Campbell: Hopes to go to Whistler, 2010

Bill Bennett: Built the Coquihalla.
Gordon Campbell: Tried to sell the Coquihalla.

Budd, why should anyone be treated any differently based on their religion, race, sex or anything else?

Posted by Allrightythen on November 8, 2006

As you well know, minority and female owned businesses often face difficulties obtaining credit, as I said earlier. Many governments and public agencies, not just in Canada but in the US, have loan or other subsidy policies that are designed to assist these companies. It's hardly an NDP invention.

"Hope, to be implemented, requites courage and determination - even in the face of profoundly unkind personal attacks by some opponents”

I think this is more the point that was being made. Both Premier Campbell and Barack Obama have had to deal with this kind of crap, in fact you see the lefties on this site throw it at the Premier on an almost daily basis, this thread being a prime example.

I think this is more the point that was being made. Both Premier Campbell and Barack Obama have had to deal with this kind of crap, in fact you see the lefties on this site throw it at the Premier on an almost daily basis, this thread being a prime example."

Obama would be regarded as left wing, since he is Democrat. Democrats are centre left wing to left wing. Republicans are centre right to right wing,
but right now there is no overlap between the two parties.

Neither Campbell or Obama are gods and neither should be looked at in worship.

Anyone who worships Gordon Campbell, and has some kind of blind loyalty to him is a real fool.

Campbell has led the way on many good things, but in others he has been incredibly ignorant and has made errors. In fact some were downright idiotic.
(such as the attempt of selling off the Coquihalla. The caucus research people couldn't even get the reason for the tolls being there in the first place right).

I'd also tell Campbell to lose that micromanging of his. I doubt Obama has a micromanaging style
like Campbell does.

"Both Premier Campbell and Barack Obama have had to deal with this kind of crap, in fact you see the lefties on this site throw it at the Premier on an almost daily basis, this thread being a prime example."

Posted by Kevin Larsen on November 8, 2006

OMG, I am just so ashamed of myself!

Actually, truth be told, I am now laughing so hard it hurts. I am going to copy the contributions of Larry Liberal and Kevin and turn them into a joke Email to be sent out to a couple of dozen people I know. From there I hope it circulates out wider and wider, causing further merriment.

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