Paul Wells, in an article entitled “In the small mind of a rare bird” notes dialogue from All About Eve, the 1950 film starring Bette Davis and George Sanders (Maclean’s, Feb 23, 2015, p.12):
“That I should want you at all suddenly strikes me as the height of improbability. But that in itself is probably the reason: You’re an improbable person, Eve, and so am I. We have that in common. Also our contempt for humanity and inability to love and be loved, insatiable ambition, and talent. We deserve each other.”
The current I could be today’s Eve listening to her current friend or current political leader. The dialogue fits. But could it be a self-inflicted wound for both Eve and Dmitri? Does this make her a more attractive candidate, and does it improve his employment opportunities? Or is it a move to reinforce unfavourable views about her leader’s judgment? In which case, Eve and Dmitri may still be working for the Conservatives. It provides much fodder for the Ottawa “bubble” to discuss.