I know what I'd like to happen tonight, but I'm also realistic. Pace
a number of ridiculous projections by some with hopes of a landslide Tory majority, I don't see them taking any more than 140 seats at best, and I'm not confident of that. That's fine, really; it'd ensure demonstration of competence and integrity without quite as much risk of hot-button social issues coming up. This has been a great campaign, and I don't think that Tories could have done any better nor Liberals any worse - even if rumours of taking a dive are true
- so Harper had better make this count.
On that note, I never thought I'd write this, but Warren Kinsella
gives me hope for this country. (His post yesterday, specifically.) Not in that he's been bullish on a Conservative victory since the campaign started, out of sheer spite at the Martinite wing of the Liberal Party - though that certainly helps - but this:
I don't fear Harper, and neither should you. This is the greatest country in the world, and I believe - I know - he wants to make it better, just like the rest of us.
This is a man who bleeds Pantone 186,
but he's still capable of understanding and admitting, as too few of his colleagues running the current campaign are, that political competitors are not evil.
The act of challenging the Liberal Party is not heresy, nor inherently suspect, and most certainly not unpatriotic. In the event of a Conservative victory, Warren, I expect, will start sniping immediately; as well he should. But he knows that Liberal claims to power are no more or less legitimate, and that's what makes the system work. It's just refreshing to hear that, sometimes. Misinterpretation to the contrary is just poisonous to the polity as a whole.
For that matter, I figured I'd have to wait until tomorrow, at least, to see international commentators with only passing understanding of Canadian politics to overstate the case,
and put considerably more weight (for good or ill) on the significance of CPC resurgence than it actually has. Fortunately, Adam Daifallah
and Andrew Coyne
have both had excellent précis
published in the New York Times
today. In case of victory, it'll still be fun to see the Kos types and their ilk in the American left wail and moan over the incipient Bush-lackey-led fascist nightmare they no doubt imagine a
Canadian Conservative government would mean. Especially Michael Moore
; oh, but it would be sweet to see his endorsement make precisely no difference to the outcome of an election, again.
I'm still nervous. Nothing, but nothing, is certain.
I have hope, though.
I believe that the country is finally able to escape from stagnant Liberal hegemony, and with the exception of last week's damaging digressions into speculation on judicial philosophy, this campaign couldn't have gone better for Tories.
I hope that's appreciated by the voters.
If it's still possible to paint the country blue, it'll happen tonight.