Tuesday, December 06, 2005

This Just In...

What does it tell you when this becomes headline news:

Martin Refuses to Demonize Harper


  • And the Globe's sub headline?

    "So we'll have to do it for him"

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:49 p.m.  

  • Have I been watching a different campaign? Until Childcare the Liberals only rebuttable was "Yeah, but Harper is the Devil"

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:53 p.m.  

  • Harper won't need Martin's help, he can manage on his own.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:58 p.m.  

  • Actually, the portray Harper as the anti-christ standing in the way of a leftwing atheist heaven.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:40 p.m.  

  • It means Herle's polling is showing that the public isn't liking the first few days of "Yeah, but Harper is the Devil"

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:00 p.m.  

  • I've noticed that a bit. Martin is basically saying that he disagrees with Harper. I don't know that I have once heard him talk about a "hidden agenda". Perhaps the headline tells us that the media really wants a dirty campaign even though they are not getting it? Clearly the question was "Mr. Martin, do you think Stephen Harper is a demon?" or something stupid to that effect.

    By Blogger Jason Cherniak, at 4:01 p.m.  

  • Considering the same quote was used twice in one story I'd say the press are tired of reporting on policy.

    By Blogger thoughT particleS, at 4:04 p.m.  

  • What does it tell you? It tells you it's not January yet.

    By Blogger KevinG, at 4:13 p.m.  

  • PM: Stephen.
    SH: Yes Paul?
    PM: Stephen I've been thinking.
    SH: Yes?
    PM: Oh hell! Stephen I'm tired
    of fighting. Why can't we just go back to the way we were? Me slashing and cutting budgets you shouting for more, more, more. Oh Stephen do you remember?
    SH: Yes! Yes I do! Oh Paul I've wanted to say this for so long.
    PM: I know, I know.
    SH: Paul?
    PM: Yes Stephen?
    SH: Would you.....?
    PM: Would I.....?
    SH: Oh I'm not sure......could you?
    PM: What is it Stephen?
    SH: Could you tell me again how you planned to deploy the troops to Iraq?
    PM: Why certainly! Should I get the butter?

    By Blogger thoughT particleS, at 4:19 p.m.  

  • KevinG said...

    "What does it tell you? It tells you it's not January yet."

    That would be how I interpret it as well. I strongly suspect Martin and the Liberals will keep the more heated rhetoric on ice until after the Christmas holiday, thereby not looking too angry/outlandish during a time of love, peace, and good will to all. Now, once that break is over with though then I expect things to start getting much more charged in the rhetoric. Mind you, I also think this will be true for all parties, not just the Liberals, once Christmas is over and done with.

    By Blogger Scotian, at 5:33 p.m.  

  • It's not January, is Bang on.

    The not soiling the season is partly right, but it has more to do with a limited amount of amunition, and if they expend it all right now it means that during the last 3 weeks in January they'll have nothing new, and everything they say will seem tired and have a limited impact.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:52 p.m.  

  • Agreed.

    It looks like we'll get the "policy campaign" up until Christmas and then the smear campaign after the holidays.

    This will likely be true for everybody, not just the Liberals. The Tories have been quiet on Adscam and I suspect they'll pick up the rhetoric on that come January.

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 6:44 p.m.  

  • Keep in mind, the Liberals are ahead in the polls. There's no need for them to demonize.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:03 p.m.  

  • Martin's going to use quasi-3rd parties to demonize Harper.

    Martin will go on tv and talk about taking the high road. Then he'll have Belinda Stronach or someone like that go on tv. right after him and demonize Harper, as she tried to do on Monday.

    By Blogger Michael Fox, at 10:02 p.m.  

  • The real story here?

    Globe and Mail is using computerized spell checking exclusively.

    The evidence?

    "Mr. Martin unveiled the childcare plank of his platform ... saying the Liberals will make programs 'a permanent addition to out social foundation.'"

    I don't know what a social foundation is. So I favour outing it. Then we should be able to tell what it is. If it's OK, we can always 'in' it afterward.

    "[Harper] said Monday the Conservative childcare allowance leaves the choice up to parents as to how to send their own money on their children."

    Personally, I like to put the money in an envelope, and duct tape the envelope to my child's back. Then, I send my kid to his mom.

    By Blogger Gauntlet, at 11:23 p.m.  

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