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A slightly desperate looking plea.

When Stephen Taylor is tweeting this on Twitter:

There must be Liberals out there who would rather vote for Harper than see Jack Layton form any sort of government. know the Conservatives and their supporters sense they are in big trouble all of a sudden.

Why the frack would any sensible Liberal support a Conservative government/party lead by Stephen Harper who has smeared the LPC and Dion/Ignatieff for the past 5 years with attack ads and cheap shots – not to mention the contempt they’ve held Parliament in and been found in contempt of Parliament?

You guys made your own bed with that strategy – so now don’t complain if you get to lie in it and find there’s some bloodsucking bed bugs in there. What goes around comes around eventually.. and hopefully its come around in the form of a big Orange Crush (with hopefully a tinge of Liberal red).


15 comments to A slightly desperate looking plea.

  • Andrew

    P. Kelly: Blue Liberals (who can support Red Tories) will not vote for Harper. We may think about it but in the end I hope most are like me and plan to stick with the Red Team.

  • Derek

    “pick a team and support them no matter what.”

    I’ve yet to observe rigid thinking producing good results in any situation.

    Hell our legal system doesn’t even have rigid thinking, nor our economic sectors, our industrial sectors, the case for the educational system being rigid could probably be made but otherwise aside from the church rigid thinking doesn’t exist in society.

    I’ll reserve judgement of what’s to come of the results once the votes are all in and counted. Anything discussed at this point is conjecture.

  • kwittet

    Whats really sad is that if you read back normally scott and his lpc followers would never in the past support the dippers. now all of a sudden when they are facing a crushing defeat they are all of a sudden jumping on the bandwagon to ride the orange wave.
    your pathetic.
    pick a team and support them no matter what.
    you say stephen taylor is desperate
    iggy was desperate calling in chretien in the last week.

    all i can say is if dippy jack gets in we better push for legalized pot so i will be too stoned to know about all the new taxes its going to cost to fund his elaborate promises.

    be carefull what you wish for.

  • Paul Calgary

    Seems that Harper himself is asking for Liberal votes now. What a joke. An NDP minority is probably better for Canada than a CPC majority.

  • T of KW – actually we, of a certain age, have all be relegated to the dustbin of history I suppose. In the case of classic Toryism, which in my mind grows largely out of Prime Minister George Canning and his so-called Canningite followers, there was a gradual decline during the long post-war boom. Remember Rab Butler of Briton, a Tory who clearly understood that Toryism had to be a combination of tradition, enterprise, and social responsibility. In my mind, this is what classic Toryism is really about. Harper and his bully-clowns are a total perversion of what Toryism really stood for. Meanwhile we on the other side of the coin, more socialist minded, have been beaten back by the forces of globalization and the small room for manÅ“uvre given to modern democratic states thanks to international forces of Capitalism My hope is that we can overcome the divisive, American-style rhetoric of the current Conservative movement and meet on a common ground of a commitment to democracy, social responsibility, and the most effective parts of enterprise, and thus rise out of the ashes of the dustbin like a phoenix.

    Good luck to all of use on May 3rd.

  • TofKW

    Well, as an old PC supporter who refused to follow the CPC because of Harper’s leadership, I’m very comfortable in telling Stephen Taylor that Harper can go to hell. In a choice between socialists and contempt of parliament (really contempt of democracy), then Layton wins that choice hands down. You can always fix the economy, but democracy not so much.

    And if any Liberals are stupid enough to vote for Harper to stop Layton …then your party deserves to be dispatched into the dustbin of history (where mine resides since 2003).

  • Oh, there’s panic alright — as evident in the ‘staged awkward kiss’ of the Harpers at Niagara Falls. “don’t jump,” he whispered. “Jump!?! Are you F#(&ing crazy? I might push…” she replied.
    Strategic voting it is. Here in BC we may be able to salvage 3, 4 seats; i’ll put my elbow grease on Taleeb’s campaign and hope the Dippers there see the light…

  • Paul Calgary

    Stephen Taylor’s tweets are hardly indicative of panic within the CPC. They are hardly indicative of anything at all.

    • I disagree: When The chief water-carrier for the Conservatives online startes pleading for Liberals to vote for his party to stop Layton, you know there’s disquiet in the ranks.

  • p. kelly

    I’m just calling it like it is. I’ve watched elections since the early 80’s in despair as the NDP finishes 3rd…then 4th…then last. I’ve tossed the ideas around and calculated numbers. Progressive voters outnumber conservatives by a long shot…and the political home for progressives seems to be shifting. The progressives never went through a painful rebirth the way the conservatives did…from destruction in 1993 and division into Reform and (old) PC, to attempts at unity as Alliance and now Conservatives. They were loyal to a movement, not a party brand…well, the longer some were loyal to the brand, the longer it took to come together under the big blue tent. Eventually, we’ll have to go through this sort of transformation too. For now, if the progressives gather under the NDP’s orange tent, as long as it blocks a conservative power-grab, then its worth it. But our larger struggle is internal – and necessary. Canada needs us to get our sh*t together.

  • First let me say up front and I hope it is not seen wrongly. I have personally been where many Liberal bloggers and party workers find themselves now and they’re likely to face disastrous results on election day. It is not fun, it is hard to accept the result, given you know your party, your candidate would be the best for the country.

    So Scott I salute you for this post. Its about defeating Harper most of all. I share many views with LIB bloggers and friends, things that do in fact put us much closer than we ever could be with Harper.

    I won’t go into the long decline of the Liberals since JC’s last days because I did see a moment when the Liberals could have pulled it back on the rails. That was the Dion lead coalition moment. How many of you were at city hall in Toronto for the big rally. How many of you of you saw Ken Dryden, Carolyn Bennett, Maria Minna and others up on the stage?

    I just heard Dryden’s talk from the other night. On issues of the day (remove ref to NDP) I know I could live with a guy like that, especially were he allowed to thrive in a governing environment.

    Back to the coalition, Dion actually sounded passionate in his speech that day in Toronto. Somehow the idea of a coalition gave the back-room of the party the shivers. Some folks caved and it was over.

    All those votes for budgets Harper passed. Its hard to say I’m different after that. I know the reason but it didn’t help in the end.

    As my Buddy the former Mayor of Vancouver and now Liberal Senator said, Maybe we need to get together. I don’t disagree. We have some significant differences today but not an impossible divide.

    This election though is one that we can’t afford to screw up on. We cannot let those differences make way for Harper to squeeze out a majority.

    I see the big Orange wave and a tinge of red is in fact needed. Call it putting water in my wine if you like. Some of us may have a bit more wine or water, but isn’t that better than no wine if a Harper majority is the end result.

    Scott has put water in his wine, me too. How about some more of you?

  • p. kelly

    That’s an opinion from a partisan activist. The problem is that the average (typically) liberal voter might decide this for the party. If they abandon the liberals, you can be as active and partisan as you want – and still get no votes. This is something the NDP has known for a long time…you believe in your cause and fight; hope for the best, and be thankful for the support you get.

  • p. kelly

    The reality is that any ‘blue liberals’ already left the party. Stephane Dion probably was enough for them to stomach and have already joined up or at least are supporting the Conservatives. Whats left is probably the core, the real “Liberals” of the liberal party. Like many in the NDP, they’re not so much loyal to a party as they are a movement. That’s why the NDP has been able to do so well, its drawing support from the other progressive parties (Green, Liberal and soft nationalists from the BQ).
    This just might be the once-in-a-generation re-alignment of politics in Canada. The last one was in 1993 that ended the PC party and created the Reform and Bloc Quebecois blight on Canadian democracy.
    Ignatieff is the wrong leader for the Liberals because of his conservative tilt. The remaining liberals are genuinely progressive, but are lead by a man that pretends to be one of them…this doesn’t help, especially considering how successful the tories have been in defining Ignatieff as an out-of-touch and opportunistic.
    This realignment is important because if it continues, then progressive Canada will once again be under one, unified banner – but its orange now, instead of red…while conservatives will continue to have their party. Its important to know that the total of all progressive parties support is something near 60% of the vote while the conservatives are around 35-40%…60 smashed 40 into tiny chunks. Eventually, progressives will learn this and work together.

  • Yup.

    F Harper and his NeoCon hater crew.

    Can’t wait to see a red/orange tide overwhelming them on Monday! Here’s to “a just society”. Harper will be stopped.

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