Alberta Politics: Deep irony in the deep state: Some thoughts about those post-Christmas American ‘spy’ expulsions

PHOTOS: A couple of Russian “intelligence operatives” pensively contemplate the news they’re about to be kicked out of the United States for acting like journalists. Actual GRU deep cover agents may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Russian President Vladimir Putin disguised as well-known journalist Clark Kent; U.S. President-elect Donald Trump in a characteristic pose; ...

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Trump Never Had A Chance

Guest Post by Chris Henderson Seemingly every day, someone tells me that they’re worried Donald Trump will win the election. Aside from the natural anxiety that comes with a possibility potentially catastrophic (yet still remote), I really don’t believe Trump… Continue Reading →

Alberta Politics: This just in: Prime minister calls early election … I mean, calls an election early … What could possibly go wrong?

PHOTOS: The prime minister of Canada in a Navy hat. The new kind. Yeah! A macho Navy cap! Now where’s Tommy Flanagan, now that we need him again? No, not that Tommy Flanagan! The political strategy guy. Below: Former prime minister Joe Clark, former Alberta premier Jim Prentice and current Alberta Premier Rachel Notley. Let’s ...

Alberta Diary: PC leadership: Jim Prentice’s term limit fumble and Thomas Lukaszuk’s cellular bill are good news for Ric McIver

File under, “Dinner, done like”… Alison Redford serves dinner to Thomas Lukaszuk as Jim Prentice, at left, and Dave Hancock, Doug Horner and Ric McIver look on. Actual Tory premiers, former premiers, would-be premiers and former would-be premiers may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: The author with Ric McIver. It just seemed like the ...

Alberta Diary: The Six-Point-Four-Billion-Dollar Question: will the Redford Tories drop their budget balancing act?

Alberta Premier Alison Redford, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi talk to reporters with the swollen Bow River and Calgary’s skyline in the background. (Photo from Ms. Redford’s Facebook page.) Below: U.S. Republican contender Mitt Romney; Calgary talk show host Dave Rutherford. It is not unreasonable, in a purely academic sort of ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Sprawl Cabal of wealthy developers plot to take over Calgary City Council.

TweetA video leaked to Global Calgary showing a large group of prominent wealthy developers plotting to stack Calgary City Council with sympathetic candidates is making waves in Alberta’s largest city. The video shows developer Cal Wenzel presenting a plan to defeat certain members of City Council who he perceives to be anti-urban sprawl – including ...

Alberta Diary: The Annals of Digital Recording: ‘Preston is out of the country and cannot comment’

Your blogger with Preston Manning, both exactly as illustrated, although, in fairness, Mr. Manning may not have known just who your blogger was. Then again, maybe he did. He did say something like, “Oh, you…” Below: Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Is somebody going around trying to pull a Mitt Romney on Preston Manning ...

Progressive Proselytizing: Republicans are from Mars, Democrats are from Venus

Some days it feels like the different sides of the US political map really are different species. Today was one of those days. Controversial freshman Republican Senator Ted Cruz got into a bit of an exchange with a Dianne Feinstein, a stalwart of the Senate Democratic leadership, over gun rights. The video of this exchange ...

Alberta Diary: Tom Flanagan, neoconservative spiritual leader, consigned to utter darkness

Conservative icon Tom Flanagan’s defining moment. Below: Dr. Flanagan in happier times; the six signatories of the Alberta separatist Firewall Manifesto; Richard Nixon saying goodbye during his 1952 Checkers speech. Unlike Dr. Flanagan’s likely career trajectory, Mr. Nixon came back.  Who could have predicted that yesterday would be the pope’s last day on the job? ...

LeDaro: Mitt Romney Pumps His Own Gas

Looks Romney has finally accepted his fate. Gone are all the trimmings of being presidential candidate. I read somewhere that he had rented a building in Washington D.C. to move there until he was sworn in as president in January 2013.

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

Assorted content for your Sunday reading. – Haroon Siddiqui highlights the similarities between the Harper Cons and the U.S. Republicans – who lost last week’s election, and are even less popular outside their country’s own borders (including in Canada): (W)hat Americans have rejected, Canadians are stuck with at least until the next election. Americans did ...

Montreal Simon: The Con Teabaggers and the Youth Vote

Oh boy. I know I shouldn't gloat about what happened to Mitt Romney and his Teabaggers, who were soooooooo sure they were going to win, they are now in astate of shock and awe.Or in the sixth stage of the five stages of grief, and in terrible, terrible pain.My noble companion Sébastien says gloating is ...

CuriosityCat: Mitt Romney’s three miscalculations

Polls never lie, eh? Seems they can make you see things that aren’t there, as the Romney team did big time: They made three key miscalculations, in part because this race bucked historical trends: 1. They misread turnout. They expected it to be between 2004 and 2008 levels, with a plus-2 or plus-3 Democratic electorate, ...

RedBedHead: Joy At Republican Humiliation Shouldn’t Make Us Forget The Choices Sucked

I was in a bar/restaurant near my house on election night, trying to get some work done and watching the results come in. At first it seemed like a nail-biter (though I was convinced that it would be a fairly easy sweep for Obama) and people were texting and Facebooking their fear that Romney the ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how the Republicans’ electoral strategy once again included a failed attempt to prioritize fossil fuels over mere people – and how the Harper Cons look to be on the verge of making the same mistake. For further reading on the developing resource debate in Canada, see in particular Paul Wells’ repeated observations about ...

Alberta Diary: Republican failure shows conservative parties must adapt, like Alberta PCs, or die

Psychological/political portraits of Stephen Harper and Barack Obama by Edmonton artist William Prettie. Used with permission. This too shall pass… Now and then throughout history, as with Whigs and Communists, international political-ideological movements of enormous influence wither and disappear, often quite suddenly. It is rarely their call. Neoconservatives – or neoliberals, call them what you ...

Montreal Simon: Mitt Romney and the Con Cicadas

Oh boy. I don't know how to say this, but I feel I almost owe Mitt Romney an apology. For while it's true that he's a shameless huckster who lied so much he almost fooled enough Americans into making him President. Which scared the bejeezus out of me eh? Read more »

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Alberta Conservatives can relate to Tea Party “bozos eruptions.”

TweetGlued to my television last night, I, like probably millions of other Canadians, watched as the blue states and red states were tallied until President Barack Obama defeated former Governor Mitt Romney. Last night and over the course of the American election campaign, I could not help but think of the similarities between the missed ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: The Aftermath

Paul Wells diagnoses the state of the GOP.  I would note also that the Republican nominating process has historically been a pretty orderly affair: typically, the guy that came second last item gets the job next time around. McCain and Romney, for example. But since the runner-ups in 2012 were all whack-jobs,  2016 will have no natural ...

Montreal Simon: Obama and the Wailing of the Cons

Wow. What an amazing night. It's hours after it ended and I still can't believe it.How Obama knocked Mitt Romney off his White Horse, and sent him back to Bain Capital riding backwards on a burro.For as even David Frum admitted "This isn't a reaffirmation of the status quo. This is a Republican thumping."Read more ...

Alberta Diary: Message to Canada’s media: OK guys, you can stop campaigning for that Romney guy now …

Romney Defeats Obama! U.S. President Barack Obama – perhaps not exactly as illustrated – holds up a copy of the Toronto Globe and Mail after his election victory last night. Or something like that. Maybe they just missed it that we don’t get a vote. Most Canadians don’t get to vote, that is, in the ...

Cowichan Conversations: Barack Obama Has Won A Second Term Over Romney.

Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes-Political Blogger Barack Obama won fighting for Medicare, the poor, the working class, the middle class, the gays, the seniors, the students. Thank God! Every attack went into the ditch and now his second term and great hope for America and beyond. OK Now what the hell are we going to do with ...

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Canada’s New Democrats prefer Obama re-election

Canada’s Official Opposition, the New Democrats, prefers to see Barack Obama re-elected as U.S. President rather than Republican challenger Mitt Romney. NDP Leader Tom Mulcair told reporters in Montreal on Sunday that he “hopes to work with a president who shares his party’s values, particularly in terms of sustainable development.” The NDP’s position is in sync with ...

Calgary Grit: Election Day in Ohio

Who will win? “Not Obama” or “Not Romney”? While I may not be as overdosed on hope and change as I was four years ago, I’ll be rooting for Barack Obama tonight. I could write a lengthy treatise comparing policy positions and promises, but the short of it is I like the guy and I ...

LeDaro: The Two Faces of Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney is champion of etch and sketch.