My father is a political scientist, specializing in U.S. politics, at a major U.S. university. As you might imagine, between the postmortem for the Canadian election and the rapidly approaching U.S. one, we had a lot to talk about this weekend.
Apart from a certain riding-level race I've already talked about way too much in this blog, the main focus of our discussion about the Canadian election was how little things had changed. This is a sharp contrast with the U.S election, where things are likely to change a great deal in just a little over a week, both in the White House and in Congress.
He was gloating over this just a bit. For a while, I played along. Then I struck.
IP: Wow. So the Democrats are going to have a majority in the House, a majority in the Senate, and a Democrat in the White House.
IP's Dad: That's what it looks like.
IP: That's amazing. I mean, that will actually make your government...almost as far left as our Conservative minority!
Resisting the pull of cynicism since 1969.
Sunday, October 26, 2008