It seems that NDP Leader Andrea Horwath just doesn’t get it.
Almost two weeks after the Provincial election, which saw the NDP end up as the Third Party in a Liberal majority government, Horwath finally made herself available to the media.
She denied a far-fetched rumour that she was stepping down to run for Mayor here in Hamilton.
Then, the NDP leader offered a rather subjective analysis of the election, essentially blaming voters for succombing to fear tactics as they gave the governing Liberals a majority.
In her rather tilted appraisal, she failed to face the cold, hard reality that the NDP, by all accounts, ran a lousy campaign.
She alienated a large segment of traditional NDP support when she forced the election in the first place.
And for those voters who were wary of the Hudak policies, what did the NDP offer as an alternative ?
Not much really.
Their platform was generally regarded as shallow and unrealistic and judging from the election results, Ontario voters felt the same way.
Maybe Ms. Horwath’s comments were just false bravado in front of the media; but blaming voters for being scared and intimidated is an insult to Ontario voters.
When things don’t go well in an election, the ‘easy’ thing to do is find blame with everything and everyone else , when maybe what they should do is look in the mirror.