"Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn't argue with that; I'm right and I will be proved right. We're more popular than Jesus now; I don't know which will go first — rock ‘n’ roll or Christianity. Jesus was all right but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It's them twisting it that ruins it for me."
— John Lennon on The Beatles.
It’s possible that some Newfoundlanders and Labradorians may see Danny Williams as more popular than Jesus.
T’ousands more popular.
The Son of God may be On High, but he's not scoring "stratospheric" poll numbers.
Jesus would probably have to change his last name to Williams to score a personal popularity of 79 per cent.
Danny could maybe give Him a boost by going with the last name Christ.
Only Danny Christ has an anti-Christ ring to it.
Point is, Danny Williams is more popular than most politicians could ever dream to be.
And his fall could be spectacular.
It was once said that DW could walk around the mall and punch every baby he sees in the face and still win by a landslide.
There could come a day when DW could get down on his knees and plant a big fat one on the arse of every mother's son and still lose by a landslide.
Don't believe it?
What happens if the deepwater oil well that Chevron's drilling on the Orphan Basin — the deepest well in Canadian history — goes horribly wrong, and our waters are poisoned a la the Gulf of Mexico spill?
He could have delayed/stopped the drilling — one kilometre deeper than the Gulf well, responsible for what could be the biggest environmental catastrophe in world history.
DW's career would be over in a heart beat.
But then you can't really blame his administration.
Because it's addicted to oil revenues.
Natural Resources Minister Kathy Dunderdale said as much recently, admitting that profits from the oil industry are too "critical" to suspend deepwater offshore exploration.
DW is gambling with our future, and that may be fine with most people.
But he's not in Jesus Christ's league.
Jesus was a fisherman.
DW is an oilman.