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The blurred line between interesting and incriminating

By Lisa Van Dusen      

The political wince-o-meter that once delineated interesting from incriminating is busted. The results are about what you’d expect.

In the process of padding his resumé, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer created a new category on the interesting versus incriminating spectrum for political scandals that are at once incriminating and deeply, monumentally uninteresting, writes Lisa Van Dusen. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Among the consequences of the recent, bizarre decoupling of character from electoral success has been the eradication of settled conventional political wisdom on how much “interesting” is too much in a candidate.

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News|By Mike Lapointe
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News|By Neil Moss
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ISG Senators propose rule changes to prevent ‘partisan obstruction’ from blocking private members’ bills 

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News|By Abbas Rana
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News|By Abbas Rana
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