While Ms Soapbox was trying to get the dog to sit still for his annual Ziggy under the Christmas Tree photo Mr Kenney was busy telling The Sun how he was going to prevent bozo eruptions in the UCP…and had a full-blown bozo eruption.
It started slowly.
Mr Kenney said he’d prevent bozo eruptions by carefully vetting potential UCP candidates to uncover any nastiness.
He set down some rules about what they could say and what they couldn’t say–no more comments comparing Alberta politics with horrible historical events, no more stupid jokes because they come out sounding all wrong, no more hateful statements that denigrate an entire group of people, and no more name calling and recriminations against other members of the conservative family (even if they crossed the floor under Danielle Smith’s reign and joined the Prentice conservatives) because “our new party should have a generosity of spirit towards people.”
He assured everyone that his rules were not a restriction on freedom of speech or an effort to be politically correct (he’s against political correctness).
He was crystal clear that he, not his political opponents, would decide what constitutes hateful language or acts and what doesn’t. He illustrated his point with a helpful Christmas example: “The problem is people on the left think saying Merry Christmas is hateful. Those voices of crazed political correctness will not govern what is allowed.”
Not surprisingly, “the people on the left” and their non-lefty friends took to social media to tell Mr Kenney that they’ve never said saying Merry Christmas is hateful, in fact they say Merry Christmas all the time.
They swamped Mr Kenney with Merry Christmas tweets. They pointed out the hypocrisy of saying the UCP should have “a generosity of spirit” towards people in the conservative family while at the same time lauding Stephen Harper for not being “a squishy Joe Clark Tory”, and the mendacity of telling future MLAs not to denigrate an entire group of people while at the same time calling “the people on the left” the “voices of crazed political correctness”.
It soon dawned on Mr Kenney that he’d had a bozo eruption. He moved to damage control mode with the explanation that he was only joking.
Oh, well that makes it so much better. Mr Kenney didn’t violate the “don’t denigrate an entire group of people” rule, he violated the “no more stupid jokes” rule.
In actuality, Mr Kenney violated the “don’t be Donald Trump” rule. He dog-whistled his supporters, telling them they were hapless victims of Leftist Grinches who stole their right to say Merry Christmas to protect the delicate feelings of, well, someone else, and that he, Mr Kenney, feels their pain and will one day stand on a podium like Mr Trump proclaiming it’s okay to say Merry Christmas again.
This is ridiculous and deserves no further comment.
So … Ms Soapbox would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
We’ll close with a photo of Ziggy under the Christmas tree. Ziggy, like the rest of us, is a little worse for wear. He’s nine and lost an eye to glaucoma last summer but loves Christmas as much as we do.
Happy Holidays everyone. Talk to you in the New Year!!!!