I was watching as former Liberal prime minister Jean Chretien spoke on Sunday, moments before his party elected Justin Trudeau to be the champion of the next generation, trying to place my finger on where I had heard the speech before.
It was an impressive speech, impressive enough to whip a room of Liberal supporters into a frenzied, cheering lather. He went on at length about his own accomplishments, touched in passing on the positivity of the next generation of leadership and mostly heaped praise on his party brand.
And he attacked, directly and without remorse, their enemies in a way that someone fearing political recourse could not. Frankly. Naming names, chewing on the details and spitting them back in all the right faces.
It was a lot of fun to listen to, and in the back of my mind there was a niggling that I had heard it before. A quick scan through Twitter put my mind at ease. I had heard it before. Chretien was doing the “Bill Clinton.”
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