Saturday, May 21, 2016

Trump-Clinton Syndrome



 When Alan Freeman was the Globe and Mail correspondent in Washington, nobody paid attention to Canada. Suddenly, he writes, that has all changed:

Over the past week, major U.S. news outlets like The New York Times, CNN and The Washington Post haven’t been able to get enough of Canada. And that was before Thursday’s meltdown on the Commons floor.

In recent weeks, major American media outlets have run stories on the Fort McMurray wildfire, Canada’s transgender anti-discrimination legislation, Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau’s plea for more staff help, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s apology to South Asian immigrants turned away on the Komagata Maru in 1914 — and, of course, the elbows-out fracas involving Trudeau and several other MPs in the Commons.

Why the change? Call it the Trump-Clinton Syndrome:

Instead of any sense of excitement over a new kind of leadership, Americans are brooding over the prospect of six more months of a nasty election campaign — between a reality TV star who seldom mentions a rival or a foreign leader without resorting to crude insults, and a political veteran who has trouble shaking her image of arrogance and entitlement.

The personal weaknesses of Trump and Clinton normally would be enough to sink either one of them in a presidential election campaign — if it weren’t for the fact that they’re running against each other. So many Americans are stuck with a choice between two people they don’t like.

Some Canadians -- people like Conrad Black -- used to look with envy on the United States. Black's envy seems to have disappeared after his acquaintance with American Justice. And it appears that a significant number of Americans are now envying us.

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12 comments:

The Mound of Sound said...


Nothing like a nation in despair is there Owen?

Owen Gray said...

Nation building is hard, Mound. But tearing a nation apart is easy.

Steve said...

Owen vote for me to rule the world, I have happy dragons, they cook your hamburgers, if they are free range and antibiotic free, fed from grass of course.

Owen Gray said...

There's a happy man, Steve.

Kim said...

Can we trade them Trudeau for Sanders?

Owen Gray said...

An interesting suggestion, Kim. Trudeau seems to have some capital down there.

Pamela Mac Neil said...

Who cares whether they notice us or not? A travelling circus for a presidential election campaign and the writer makes a point of noticing that the US is paying attention to us.
So what! It's like having the most sophisticated, intelligent, interesting Guy at the party wanting the crudest, non-thinking, boor to pay attention to him. I realize I'm being biased in this analogy.

Owen Gray said...

Quite true, Pam. Trudeau's not running for president. God help us if Trump becomes one.

UU4077 said...

With all those elbows flying about in Parliament our American cousins must have thought that a hockey game had broken out.

Owen Gray said...

Suddenly, we don't look quite so dull, UU4077.

Steve said...

Cheering for the metor strike

Owen Gray said...

I wouldn't count on it, Steve.