Alberta election — Notley NDP, it's your fault
Look in the mirror. Yes, you in the NDP.
Your campaign didn’t work. People weren’t listening. You were told and the NDP sympathizers in the self-styled smart set were told.
People weren’t listening.
This vote is a slap in the face to all those, including many in the out-of-touch chattering classes, who misread what Albertans wanted.
You in the NDP thought it was far better to make the campaign about sliming Jason Kenney than talking about your plan and what you would do.
Until it was too late.
Even on decision day your supporters talked about Albertans voting United Conservative enabling hate and bigotry, racism and homophobia.
And why not?
After all, the premier said Kenney hung out with extremists and wanted to out gay kids.
The NDP said Kenney lied and Kenney cheated and Kenney couldn’t be trusted and Kenney was heartless and Kenney was a sexist and Kenney wasn’t fit to be premier.
The highest volume from the NDP didn’t come from saying Kenney had the wrong ideas. He was not a political opponent. He was a bad man.
It naturally followed for the NDP faithful to ask who could vote for such a bad man.
Dumbasses swayed by Kenney snake oil.
Backcountry ignoramuses who wanted to take Alberta back to a dark and terrible past.
In short, sewer rats.
What life must have been like inside the NDP bubble.
Did they not the feel the pain of the last four years? Could they not acknowledge the reasons for the fear and loathing of Alberta voters? Could they not comprehend the anger or the high unemployment with no end in sight?
Could they not see the empty downtown office towers in Calgary?
The economy, jobs and pipelines. Trudeau and his flunkies treating this province like crap. Paying a carbon tax and still no pipeline.
That’s what pissed off many people on many a street.
For God’s sake, separatist sentiment is at an all-time high.
For the NDP, rude reality wasn’t as sexy as talking about Kenney’s time volunteering at an AIDS hospice in San Francisco 30 years ago or going on about gay-straight alliances for days on end.
Or believing they could score a win over allegations surrounding the United Conservative leadership race or words in the past they could somehow try to put in Kenney’s mouth.
Where were the NDP deep thinkers when the well-respected Think HQ pollster found half of Albertans felt the Notley NDP had a negative impact on their lives?
To the end, the premier also didn’t lay a glove on Justin Trudeau. You’d think it would be much better to be Trudeau’s nightmare than Trudeau’s buddy.
And where was the Notley plan? We heard about it but nowhere near as loud as the loathing of Kenney.
The real world would slip into the NDP bubble but exit quickly.
Even on the last weekend a front page NDP ad had a grim photo of Kenney and the ominous headline: Jason Kenney is too risky for Calgary.
Where was the populist Notley of four years ago, this leader much better liked than her party?
And all the while, as the campaign was clearly not leading to a win, the NDP orange Kool-Aid drinkers cheered and applauded and any contrary opinion was rejected, accompanied by a good tar-and-feathering on social media from the we-know-better, holier-than-thou peanut gallery.
There are many questions to ask those in the know.
But long before Jason Kenney came along, this scribbler who crusaded against the corruption and abuses of Toryland and wrote about Notley’s rise before others, became an unperson in the Notley NDP world.
That’s history now.
How will the NDP true believers act going forward?
Play the blame game. It’s everybody else’s fault.
Blame the press. Won’t work. By my rough calculations, newshounds asked tough questions 12 times more to Kenney than to Notley.
A province-wide pity party is sure to ensue.
Some may even claim to be The Resistance against Kenney and start the 2023 provincial election campaign today.
Yes, a four-year Twitter tirade from those inhabiting a video-game universe where Kenney lives rent-free in their heads as the resident villain.
Four years ago, your scribbler penned an obit to the Toryland dynasty. Their fall seemed so inevitable and just.
This time, the Notley NDP leave a trail of bad decisions and a campaign best relegated to the dustbin of history.
You in the NDP are now one and done.
And it’s your fault.
hmmm, sounds familiar