Bob Rae began to sound a bit like Stephen Harper on the media at a bearpit session today.
When asked about how to unify his party, he said Liberals shouldn't "be afraid of a debate, but we shouldn’t be afraid of the occasional joke. I’ve told a few and others have told a few at my expense…we should all learn not to take things too personally. I think that’s one of the great lessons that I’ve learned in politics, people can say lot of nasty things, even, may I say so, some journalists have been known to say some bad things." (Laughter from the audience.)
"Somebody once said the definition of journalism is the person who goes through the battlefield and shoots the survivors." (Big laughs)
"But I wouldn’t say that." ( Bigger laughs)
Then Rae hastened to differentiate himself, lest he be compared to the Conservative leader. "But let me say to my friends in the media, the two of you who are out there, (giggles all around) that those of you who have dealt with me in the past, that access is never a problem. And another thing, controlling the message is not something I’ve ever been able to do and I don’t intend to start trying now."