There has been much, and undoubtedly will be much more, commentary on John Tory's moment of creationism self-immolation. What I find more amusing is David Asper's shocked reaction to the media and liberal reaction to all of this. David Asper suggests that it is somehow odious that the Ontario Liberal Party would make the campaign 'all about' the reigious schools issue and now John Tory's spectacular creationism gaffe.
Let's see, the Tory Tories idenitfied what they thought was a wedge issue between the Ontario Liberals and a couple of their power bases -- immigrant communities and the establishment Jewish community in Toronto. They designed a platform plank -- which they presented and touted -- around the funding of non-Catholic religous schools (something which the Tories could have done at any time during the Bill Davis or Mike Harris eras) for the express purpose of expanding the gap. Suddenly the plank swings around and smacks John Tory in the face -- let's see what should the Liberals do?
Unless they are somehow planning to get out of the election business and take up basketweaving they are going to exploit that issue and make it what the election is all about. Why wouldn't they? They did not pick the fight -- but it seems they plan to win it.
What mystifies me though is this: surely any person who reads newspapers and is moderately informed about current events could have expected the question sometime, somewhere. The answer should have been sharpened and honed and rehearsed until it was reflexive. Instead it seems like the question had never been considered before and the answer fully improvised. It is this that should raise real questions about the Tory Tories' capacity to develop policy and govern.