If you don’t want a political criticism of your father, don’t politicize your father

Sounds reasonable, don’t it?

Apparently not reasonable enough for Michael Ignatieff,  who is in all a tizzy over the Tory attack ads.

Ezra, as he often does, has the best take on the situation:

Why is Ignatieff trying to revise his family’s history to make them sound like poor working class shlubs?Why did he say his dad came herewith nothing — when in fact his family were the equivalent of multi-millionaires?

Because, of course, it’s fashionable to play up the immigrant angle in a land of immigrants.

But, also of course, it only works if his story is more pathetic than that of countless (pun not intended) other immigrants.

Like, say, the story of my own family, as told my my dad’s Uncle Eddie.

My mother’s family even had it worse off. She was part of a family of, what, 12 kids? who lived in a dirt-poor farm in dirt-poor Saskatchewan. They never had it easy, though they struggled and got through the tough times. They knew hardships, you’d better believe, and, certainly, not one of them attended any prestigious boarding schools in their youth.

What’s ironic for me is that both sides of my family were part of the Germans in Russia who left during the reign of Nicholas II, most likely because of increased hosility toward foreigners which began under the watch of one Count Pavel Ignatieff, the Russian interior minister for Alexander III.

I am not trying to play up my own family’s history, or blame Ignatieff for instigating my family’s move to a better land, but Iggy needs to realize that if he starts hamming up his supposed hardships, he’s not going to garner a lot of sympathy from those who experienced true hardships.

Especially if he uses his own dead father as a campaign prop.

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