Justin Trudeau and Justin Bieber have more in common than just a first name.
Both guys are also adored by legions of love struck fans.
Except in the case of Bieber the fans are teenage girls, whereas for Trudeau they are the Canadian media.
Why is this the case? Why is the media so smitten with a Liberal MP who, let’s face it, has not really accomplished all that much in his short career as a politician.
Well the obvious reason is that Trudeau’s last name carries with it a certain mystique. Media types remember with a nostalgic fondness the reign of his father,
’s last Philosopher King. Pierre, Canada
But the media’s adoration of Justin is about more than just his father’s legacy.
It also has to do with the media’s disdain for Prime Minister Stephen Harper. And yes, believe it or not, many media-types just don’t like Harper. Partly it's because they view him as a conservative, but they also don’t like his tough-guy, antagonistic leadership style. Plus, truth be told, Harper has not exactly done much to endear himself with the press.Quite the opposite, in fact.
At any rate, for a long time the media has been desperately seeking an “Anti-Harper”, and Trudeau fits the bill perfectly. He is the Ying, to Harper’s Yang; the zig to Harper’s zag; the Abbott to Harper’s Costello.
Just think about it.
Harper is a somber, dull, middle-aged, policy wonk – Trudeau is youthful, full of fun and does zany things like beat up Senators in a boxing ring.
Harper is seen as a ruthless, cynic – Trudeau is seen as an emotional idealist.
Harper is from the
Alberta outlands --- Trudeau is from cosmopolitan . Montreal
Harper has a piercing, glaring stare --- Trudeau has a charming smile and a great mane of hair.
Harper is coldly calculating --- Trudeau is spontaneous and passionate.
Harper is boring --- Trudeau emits radiant beams of charisma.
In other words, for the Canadian media Trudeau is simply too dreamy to resist.
Mind you, if “Trudeau the Adorable” fails to overcome the Harperian Ogre, the media will quickly turn on him just like they turned on their former darlings, Stephane Dion and Michael Ignatieff.
In the meantime, however, I just wish the media and Trudeau would get a room.