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."