If you were surfing, trying to find a rerun from the Charlie Sheen Two and a Half Men series around seven last night, you might have come across a new version of the show. This one features a lady named Andrea Horwath in the Charlie Sheen role. A prissy chap named Dalton was playing the amiable side-kick role of Allan Harper while an aging adolescent Tiny Tim struggled with the fat, dumb kid persona. As a political debate, it had little to recommend it.
Ontario deserves better. Mind you, NDP leader Andrea Horwath looked spiffy—a great hair do, good make-up job, nice dress, discreet jewellery—all spoiled by one of those trade-mark manish suit jackets.
For sartorial yuck, you could hardly beat Conservative leader Tim Hudak’s tie. It must have been his daughter’s choice. We now know the kid’s problem is not her parentage. She is color blind.
It was Premier Dalton McGuinty’s role to look like suitable premier material. And he did until those other two started to beat the crap out of him.
Horwath surprised everybody with her performance. That nice lady can also be mean and bitchy. Her remarks about pumping beer in North Bay sure did not do much for her trying to look like a premier.
It was everyone jumps on Dalton night. Horwath was snide about his no-show at some Northern debate and Hudak was calling him a liar.
Dalton got in a good one on Tiny Tim about calling new Canadians foreigners but Tim denied it despite anyone who watches television news having heard him.
The three of them proved to be really bad communicators. The people who prepped them for the show should all be shot. Shotgun delivery of statistics is meaningless. They did better with anecdotal stuff but what Andrea’s 18-year old son was doing on a skateboard is a good question.
Dalton actually smiled when he gave an aside to Andrea about her brother or someone getting a job at Honda. Other than that one human moment, he is still in need of a personality transplant.
Tiny Tim came across as a bobble-head doll with a tape recorder up its rear. He just bobbled along in his own weird right-wing world, spouting inanities.
By the time the show was over, we decided that it was a form of self-abuse that we did not need. Anyway, we voted last week.
Copyright 2011 © Peter Lowry
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