Personally, I blame Clark. No, not her, the other one.
Glen Clark was a skilled politician. He mastered the five "D"s of political dodge-ball (deny, deceive, denounce, distract, and deny) better than any political figure in my lifetime, and I'm old. He redefined what it means to be slick at politics.
On the flip side, Clark (not her), has also influenced an entire generation of useless B.C. socialists.
And it's hard to imagine who sucks at politics any more than Adrian Dix and his current handler, Moe Sihota.
Watching the bumbling, ham-fisted handling of the harmonized sales tax and the Enbridge protest, I keep thinking how masterfully a different politician . dare I say, a better leader would handle the situation. Bill Vander Zalm for example.
A real politician would have seen it as a chance to connect with normal schlubs like you and me, people who back our cars into trash cans, and forget to pay the light bill and make the boneheaded mistakes all real people make in life.
Adrian Dix? As of this writing, he's still hiding behind the shame of Clark (not Glen).
Why? How could this be? Because of the NDP/Clark(Glen)/Dix Doctrine: All the other politics are evil. Kiss up to the press. Never feed the voters after midnight. And never, for any reason, admit a mistake! No way!
It's the same reason Dix can't walk out in front of the cameras and say, "I was right behind Glen Clark, and we absolutely believe the NDP will help transform the province and bring prosperity. However, the reality - plus some well-intentioned mistakes on our part - mean the recovery is going to last longer than some of us projected. Sorry, trade unions."
William Perry, Victoria