Wajid Khan, what we have learned
MP Wajid Khan has crossed the floor and joined the Conservative caucus. It has been rumored for a few days and predicted, pretty much assured actually, last night by Stephen Taylor.
Well, good luck Mr. Khan, I hope you have made the correct decision. Time will tell.
Personally, I don't care either way. I think that if Mr. Khan has crossed in good conscience then that is his decision. He will have to do some pretty big explaining to his constituents, considering some of his previous statements. Some think his decision is pretty stupid, but as I said we shall see.
So, what have learned from Mr. Khan's defection?
1. Liberals and Conservatives aren't really that far apart. Ask Jason Cherniak or Dan McTeague. Khan didn't seem to have any qualms about crossing. Maybe he's always been a Conservative. Maybe he was "the Mole". I do expect there to be a mini-shuffle, getting Khan into cabinet right before the next election. I'm sure it would have happened yesterday, if not for the obvious bad, Stronachesque optics. I'll let you know for sure when Gurmant Grewal send me the tapes.
2. Principles? We don't need no stinking principles! Right Helena?
3. Apparently Mr. Dion doesn't have the handle on his caucus he thinks he has:
"Just hours before Harper's announcement, Dion told CBC News on Friday that he was confident Khan was a loyal Liberal and that there was "no indication" a defection was on the horizon."4. Considering his "inside source", it is quite obvious that Stephen Taylor is not "just a blogger" who is a Conservative, as he like to claim, but an official, Conservative media conduit. Anything he says should be considered as coming directly from the Conservative Party. He's their blogging propaganda arm, their online shill. Not that there is anything wrong with that. At least lets be honest about it and drop the "citizen journalist" pretense. I do wonder, however, how Elections Canada might view that.
Isn't Canadian politics fun?