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How utterly predictable on the Conservatives part.

Stalled poll numbers one day, and yet another negative ad campaign against Stephane Dion the next.

I do like the part about the Conservative strategists being “optimistic” support will eventually swing their way. Yea.. keep rolling out the mean-spirited policies and ads, folks, and make sure Harper keeps up that mean-spirited act in Parliament and in the glare of the media. I’m SURE the Canadian public will eventually react positively to those tactics. 😀

Personally, if they wanna blow some more of that excess money they have on more fruitless attack ads, they can go nuts for all I care… it’ll do them little good.

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12 comments to How utterly predictable on the Conservatives part.

  • ALW

    Oh, I dunno about that.  I recall some ads involving smokestacks, firing a gun through the TV screen and a digitally erased Canadian flag that seemed to work pretty well.  Guess we just learn from the best!…

  • Blackstar

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  • marta

    Harper seems to be  able to  outdo  Mulroney   in ugliness  manipulative  duplicity  and lying in his "dealings’"  and  will reach an unbelivable   level of gut churning hate   of most Canadians…  
    What  a fate !!!!  what a disgrace!!!!
    No Canadians are smarter then/ he thinks /he is…

    marta

    marta

  • catherine

    I agree that the Conservatives can do what they want with their own money, but we are still allowed to comment on the ads, right? 

    My impression is that this "in his own words" resonates a lot more with Harper supporters, than with swing voters.  I certainly would hate to see other party leaders follow Harper’s example and make themselves inaccessible to the press, except under tightly controlled situations, and to only feed their stories through "friendly" reporters.  Sure, Dion can try to be more careful about what he says, but I understood what he meant when he answered the GST question.  He has been pretty clear about which taxes he thinks returns more in the long run both to people and to the public coffers. The Conservatives have chosen to put their own spin on that and cleverly chosen to target the non-political crowd, who won’t be aware of Dion’s position. 

  • For starters, the Conservatives have the money to put this stuff out there, so what they want to with their money is their business. I think there are two bigger problems here for the Liberals right now. First of all, the Liberals don’t have the money to produce their own ad and punch back at this, which would probably blunt it out. Secondly, the Liberals need to be more worried about the fact that the Conservatives have been able to us Dion’ s own words in these attacks. Hearing Dion’s own voice saying some of those things does make for a strong impact. It’s not like they have had to make things up to put these ads together. They are able to use his own words and what he said in the ads. That’s the bigger problem. If Mr. Dion didn’t keep handing out these little gifts in his words to the Conservatives, what would they have to attack with??? Stephane needs to be much more careful with what he says.

  • catherine

    It does seem that the previous attack ads had some effect, reversing the slip in Conservative support.  I see some blogging Tories are predicting a 5% increase in Conservative support from the latest ads, because they feel the threat of rising taxes is a sure winner.  I guess we will see, but it seems highly unlikely to me and it is not clear that any gain will persist.    The irony is that Harper did raise income taxes when he took office.

  • Mostly because there are still tens of thousands of people..(mostly in Ontario..) that have to be constantly reminded that they don’t have to vote like trained seals, and that there are consequences to their blindly partisan voting habits.

    Yes, because we’ve had a one party rule for a good 20 plus years that’s rife with corruption… oh wait, no that’s Alberta.

  • kursk

    Mr. McGuinty also scoffed at the tag line that says Mr. Dion is not worth the risk. “He’s obviously worth millions of dollars in advertisements. If he’s not worth the risk, why are they desperately trying to contain the risk then?” he asked. 

    Mostly because there are still tens of thousands of people..(mostly in Ontario..) that have to be constantly reminded that they don’t have to vote like trained seals, and that there are consequences to their blindly partisan voting habits.

    Re: Polls..come talk about this the night after the first English language debate during the next election..till then they are meaningless on both sides.

  • Bailey

    I enjoyed David McGuinty’s remarks in the Globe’s article on the ads because it’s such a good logical follow up question:

    Mr. McGuinty also scoffed at the tag line that says Mr. Dion is not worth the risk. “He’s obviously worth millions of dollars in advertisements. If he’s not worth the risk, why are they desperately trying to contain the risk then?” he asked. 

  • Walkswithcoffee

    The CPoC attacks are too "early" and too "unbelievable" .

    I’m noticing the way impolitical is attacking… based on facts … and clear and consise… also consistent in disposition and tone… very balanced emotionally. His type of attacks at this time is not a "response" or "reactive" but clear messaging around the facts.

    Scott, take some free advice meant well. Attack based on facts and *your* goals – not harper goals and topics. Address the other side by giving your message in the context of the topic of the day… don’t get off topic by simply addressing what the other side is doing… that is the game they want you to play… i.e. they want you to play in their field all the time so everyone *believes* the only field in town is theirs.

    Scott, you appear to play in their field and according to their rules.

  • They should keep a bit in the bank.  You know, in case they get sued by any of these ousted candidates.

  • […] the article that Scott links to, they make the claim that the Conservatives have a 4 to 1 margin of donors vs the […]

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