Alas, this is not always the case. Jason Kenney, Premier of Alberta, committed two mistakes when trying to dismiss Melanee Thomas's arguments about his actions (dismissing those who investigate election malfeasance):
- Kenney made a dumb argument
- Kenney picked on an individual.
The second mistake made by Kenney and then his staff is to pick on an individual. As a politician, Kenney has followers, so anytime he mentions a person by name, he is essentially sending his followers at a target. This is the world we live in now. So, before punching down, any politician should think twice. That Kenney did not is not surprising--he does not exactly exude responsibility.
One more note on dumb: it is dumb to tell a professor to shut up--kind of like telling a blogger to shut up--it just encourages such folks to keep on speaking.
So, Kenney's moves here are dumb and irresponsible. We should expect more from our leaders.