Canadians are doomed to have assholes for leaders. Yes, it took 10 years of post-secondary education to come up with this theory. Think about it: all four federal party leaders are complete assholes. Can you imagine spending a week in a cottage with any of them? Would you want any of them as a business partner? As a date?
Brian Mulroney was an asshole and a crook. John Turner was a lush who was very much an asshole when he was drunk. Kim Campbell was an asshole airhead. Paul Martin, Joe Clark, Pierre Trudeau? Fill in the blank: -------. I could go on.
Jean Chretien was not a complete asshole per se, but compared to Madame Chretien, he was a bit of a goof. I met Madame a few times and I would have voted for her any day.
Steven Harper? Complete asshole. Ill-mannered little twit who definitely can't punch above his weight. Not nearly as much of an asshole as Stockwell Day and not anywhere in the same league of assholes as Preston Manning, but still a miserable, bad-temepered and vindictive little shit who started off as a computer geek before taking up "anger as politics".
Dalton McGuinty? Asshole. (What is it about people with bully-bait names like Stockwell, Preston and Dalton that attract them to politics? Intesting factoid: Dalton was named after his dad. So was Preston. Preston's real name is Ernest, just like his pa.)
Dalton replaced Ernie Eves (bad name, social-climbing asshole), who replaced Mike Harris (mean-assed asshole) who replaced Bob Rae (unprincipled asshole) who replaced David Peterson (not quite a complete ashole) who replaced Frank Miller (used car salesman hick asshole) who replaced Bill Davis (maipulative small-town Rotarian asshole). You think these guys are idiots? Take a look at the asshole factor in politics in the Maritimes, Quebec and the West.
Seriously. Do we elect assholes because we can't trust smart, socially-able people to run things? Do we think we'll be hornswoggled by people who have the brains to be manager of a suburban Home Depot? Do people who have anything going for them simply dodge politics?
Or are we just electing people who are just like us? Are we, when it comes down to it, a nation of chumps, fools and assholes with the simple good luck of being born on top of a huge stash of oil, gold, diamonds, trees and water?