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  •  Nope! (0+ / 0-)

    The original story about Clinton's involvement DID NOT come from Stephen Harper!

    •  But IT DID ... (0+ / 0-)

      ... come from the Canadian government.  The first report didn't come from Harper, either.  You just decide which reports you want to believe if they feed into your already preconceived notions.

      Honestly, this is like the fight over the AWOL memos.  The superscript wasn't high enough, so I don't believe it.

      Carolyn Kay
      MakeThemAccountable.com

      •  Ian Brodie is not "the Government" (0+ / 0-)

        Carolyn, I think Brant's column is pretty clear on this.

        'NAFTAgate' began with remark from Harper's chief of staff
        [...]
        A candid comment to journalists from CTV News by Prime Minister Stephen Harper's most senior political staffer during the hurly-burly of a budget lock-up provided the initial spark in what the American media are now calling NAFTAgate. [...]

        At the end of an extended conversation, Mr. Brodie was asked about remarks aimed by the Democratic candidates at Ohio's anti-NAFTA voters that carried serious economic implications for Canada.

        Since 75 per cent of Canadian exports go to the U.S., Mr. Obama and Ms. Clinton's musings about reopening the North American free-trade pact had caused some concern.

        Mr. Brodie downplayed those concerns.

        "Quite a few people heard it," said one source in the room.

        "He said someone from (Hillary) Clinton's campaign is telling the embassy to take it with a grain of salt. . . That someone called us and told us not to worry."

        That was before "government officials" started on the denial track.

        •  So, you believe the SECOND report ... (0+ / 0-)

          ... about what HARPER'S CHIEF OF STAFF said, but not the FIRST report about what HARPER'S CHIEF OF STAFF said, and you don't believe what HARPER HIMSELF said.

          I guess you just believe in hope.

          Carolyn Kay
          MakethemAccountable.com

          •  Here's the equation, Carolyn ... (0+ / 0-)

            ("Journalists from CTV news" + "Ian Brodie" + "Quite a few people" + "one source in the room")

            IS GREATER THAN

            "Ian Brodie" + "Government Officials" + "Stephen Harper")

            You may not agree. That's your prerogative.

            •  Of course I don't agree. (0+ / 0-)

              The preponderance of the evidence is on my side.

              If you insist on numeratizing it, is 2/3 Obama's guy was the goofball to 1/3 Clinton was the original source.

              Carolyn Kay
              MakeThemAccountable.com

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