Who are you calling cosmopolitan?
I'm glad someone has finally mentioned it. In her column today, Lysiane Gagnon has explained why it's a little creepy for the Conservatives to be waving around the word "cosmopolitan" as an attack term.
Before it was associated with martinis or magazines, Gagnon notes: "the word 'cosmopolitan' has some pejorative connotations, depending on the context. In France, the word cosmopolite is used by anti-Semites as a code word for Jew."
We have Josef Stalin to thank for that, I believe.
I'm sure it's just accidental that the Conservatives have taken a Stalinist term and updated it to apply to their Liberal rivals. They trotted out the word frequently when they were attacking Stephane Dion too. But I'm just saying -- I don't know that old Joe is the best political role model.