2012 one for the books

Another year is upon us, snarling and scratching, and we’re no better prepared than a year ago. Stand by to tweet or something equally shallow. For a taste of things to come, consider the announcement that interim Liberal leader Bob Rae would hold a Dec. 30 press conference “to discuss 2011 in review and what Canadians can expect in 2012, with a specific focus on the Conservative EI premium hikes that take effect on Jan. 1, 2012.” Talk about the long view. OK, he managed to predict one thing that actually will happen, since it’s minor and scheduled for the first day of the year. But his characteristic combination of visionary tone and petty partisan content bodes ill for his reputation as a statesman or sage (if any).

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