Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 16/9/2008 (3005 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
If mental images count for everything, here are two that are dogging me:I see Prime Minister Stephen Harper flying a large plane, the nose of which is pointed up in a steady climb through choppy air. However, just as he's about to break above the turbulence, an alarm goes off in the cockpit, and Harper begins to fight the controls. The plane isn't falling, but it's hit some imaginary barrier that won't allow him to climb. So he starts to manouver to port, to starboard and back again, desperately looking for that seam in the sky....Meanwhile, Stephane Dion is climbing a mountain. It's a steep, intimidating facade, but Dion is full of vinegar and bravado as he begins his ascent. Not far up the face, but far enough up that he would certainly be killed if he fell, he falls. As he plummets, he grabs onto a ledge with one hand and hangs there, swaying back and forth. (I'm tempted to tell the one about the mountain climber who asks 'is there anybody up there who can save me?' and God says 'If you trust me let go of the ledge,' and the cllimber says, 'Is there anybody else up there?' I guess I just told it.) Anway, he's hanging by the fingers of one hand and after a while, he starts to marvel at how well he's doing just hanging on. He begins to try and live a normal life as he hangs off the cliff. He reads the paper (with one hand of course), enjoys a cup of coffee and before bed each night, brushes his teeth. And each mornign, he is energized by the realization he's still hanging in there....I get the sense this is a watershed week. Missteps and comic relief aside, the first week solved nothing in this election. The Tories began to show another burst of momentum in national polls, but by the beginning of the current week, there were signs the momentum had gone. Quietly, some Tories I know are wondering whether they've peaked too soon. Fortunately for the Tories, the Liberals are running a low-key, almost invisible campaign that is doing little else but keeping Dion on that ledge, inches away from certain death but still hanging in the race.Will Harper find a way of breaking through the glass ceiling? Can Dion hang on, or will he crash to his political death? Stay tuned for these and other instances of metaphor abuse....-30-