I generally agree with DougJ on the Continental Op vs Mr Smith divide in politics. I was talking to a Canadian friend the other day, and he remarked about the impact of Jack Layton’s death on Canadian politics. From my superficial reading about him, Layton seems like a Mr Smith on the outside and a Continental Op behind closed doors. I realize the political systems are different, Canada’s more liberal, etc., but the guy was effective as the NDP leader (and that’s not a job for the touchy-feely), yet he death also led to scenes like this and this. Maybe some Canadians would like to weigh in on Layton, but I don’t see a similar figure in American politics.
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