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My schadenfreude, where is at? [Oct. 21st, 2015|01:01 am]
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First (and second) thoughts on the election of Trudeau II

Image: Detail from screenshot of Prime Minister elect Justin Trudeau speaking on October 20 2015. Video by Canadian Press via National Post.

October 21, 2015, OTTAWA — The election of 2015 (or #Elexn42 as it was known on Twitter) has come and gone.

Personally, the results were an emotional roller-coaster. I was working when the results — a clean sweep for the Liberals, 32 out of 32 seats — came in from Atlantic Canada, so I was intellectually prepared for what was to come.

But emotionally? Not so much.

By the time the night was done, and the extent of the Liberal victory and the NDP's crushing defeat was laid bare on my father's ancient television screen, I was torn between rage and despair.

I couldn't even take any pleasure in knowing that Steven Harper's hate-filled and hate-fuelled regime had gone down to defeat. "Ding-dong! the witch is dead!" one of my fellow election watchers crowed, but I felt no joy, only a dread that Canadians had traded a nakedly brutal thug in thrall to the One Percent to a soft-spoken and smiling lisper who would make us enjoy the ongoing dismantling of liberty and democracy.

24 hours later? My sober first thoughts live behind the link: My schadenfreude, where it at?

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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2015-10-21 03:45 pm (UTC)

Don't knock it!

I think I know what you mean by the italics, but being likeable is an important political asset. Just ask Bill Clinton or the shade of Ronald Reagan. They both committed war crimes and inflicted massive damage on their own supporters and were thanked for it.
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[User Picture]From: abomvubuso
2015-10-21 04:39 pm (UTC)

Re: Don't knock it!

Here's what I mean by the words in italics.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0V5ckcTSYu8
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2015-10-22 07:07 am (UTC)

Re: Don't knock it!

That was a very good bit, but I stand by my words. Nerds (like me, if I'm being honest) are too quick to dismiss the value of such things as "emotional intelligence". We human beings are animals and being able to read and/or communicate emotionally is a bloody important skill. Just think of the dogs you've known; not a one would you want running your country, but I bet some of them could read the moods of a stranger better than you could!
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[User Picture]From: abomvubuso
2015-10-22 07:10 am (UTC)

Re: Don't knock it!

Something tells me that a Prime Minister needs more than just the ability to read people's moods in order to be an adequate leader.
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2015-10-25 09:28 pm (UTC)

Re: Don't knock it!

No argument from me. The point I was getting at was only that "emotional intelligence" is a valuable asset, not that it is a sufficient one.
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