“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ― Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou's famous quote may help explain what happened yesterday in the Ontario election.
Many of us know the province's books are in terrible shape, our public service is too big and too rich and the Green Energy Act is a mess, but we just couldn't hold our noses hard enough to vote for Tim Hudak's PCs.
He seemed mean.
And kinda, well, judgy.
That nice lady, Kathleen Wynne, well, she seems nice. She makes me feel like she's trying really, really hard, and that maybe, just maybe, she will find the people she needs to conquer the problems we're facing. I'm not saying she's competent or smart or actually kind. I'm saying most of us want to align ourselves with someone we perceive as kind and nice, because we want to believe that we, too, are kind and nice.
It might seem simplistic and childish, but the vote of someone simplistic and childish counts just as much as anyone else's.
If the PCs want back in power, they'd better find a leader who can talk nicely and refrain from scaring people with their 'tough plan'. I recommend against using the word tough. I also recommend against picking a new leader from anyone who has ever had their picture taken with Mike Harris.
Bill Davis didn't seem mean and his PCs were in power for what, 500 years? Something to contemplate, my conservative friends, while wandering the wilderness for another 5 years.