Monday, January 16, 2006

Ad Wars

Given Liberal claims that the new Tory ad violates copyright laws, I see only one solution:

A Liberal ad attacking the Tory ad which attacked the Liberal attack ads.


  • Do the Liberals have permission from the Washington Times for one of last week's hatchet pieces?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:41 PM  

  • LOL!!!

    We all know that was humor.

    But maybe you'd better make that clear, just in case someone from the Liberal war room is lurking.

    By Anonymous springer, at 1:42 PM  

  • I think there's a valid argument that the Liberals should waive copyright on remarks in the Tory ad. Or, um, are they waiting for (wink, wink) "royalties"?

    By Blogger matt, at 2:08 PM  

  • You forget that the original Liberal attack ads were only responding to the Conservative pre-emptive "they're going to attack us" ads. The liberal response was, of course, necessary to keep the time-space continuum stable.

    Otherwise we would have had the unnerving prospect of Tories condemning Liberal attack ads which did not in fact exist. This is naturally the electoral equivalent of the time-traveller's "grandfather" paradox, in which a time traveller campaigns against his own grandfather, and wins by using negative ads that refute his own existence.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:28 PM  

  • Quite aside from the 'copyright' issue - which is laughable - what the hell are the Liberals thinking? Consider - you have an ad that is just killing you; it reminds voters both of your own reckless attacking style of politics (which they are clearly disenchanted with) as well as showing division within your own campaign team. So what do you do - you raise an issue guaranteed to give the ad a higher profile! Now the copyright complaint is the hook to get the ad an editorial mention - and you look foolish, petty, and thin-skinned in the bargain.

    Can't anybody here play this game?

    By Blogger deaner, at 2:42 PM  

  • Whoa, an ad about the ad about the ads...

    Stop blowing my mind, man!

    By Blogger The Hack, at 2:50 PM  

  • I think 2-3 days of the media talking about the Liberal Party's attempt to suppress the Conservative ad, which recently quotes:

    - a Liberal candidate
    - a Liberal MP / Parliamentary Secretary to the Miniser of National Defence, and
    - a Liberal Cabinet Minister / former Minister of National Defence

    ... attacking the most offensive communication from a Prime Minister in history regarding Canada's Forces, implying they could launch a U.S. financed (re: the ad that fearmongers about Harper being American funded, when this would be a crime in Canada and was easily refuted by Stephen Harper's release of his list of campaign donors who donated $200+) military dictatorship using the Canadian Forces as our soldiers are serving (alongside the U.S.) in Afghanistan at Paul Martin's orders and 3 of them are now being flown to a U.S. military hospital after being wounded yesterday - would be another moral and a strategic error on behalf of Martin.

    He should be ashamed of himself if he allows his Liberal Party Strategists to go down that road.

    By Anonymous Chris from Victoria, BC, at 5:31 PM  

  • * Minister

    By Anonymous Chris from Victoria, BC, at 5:33 PM  

  • I know this would be completely outside of the capabilities of Paul Martin and his braintrust, but how come the Liberals don't try telling us their vision?

    At The Infozone there is a growing list of commentaries on how far the Liberals have fallen, and perhaps how far they will still fall.

    Attacking Harper and repeating very very over and over is not a vision for the future.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:43 PM  

  • The Liberal vision has apparently been reduced to securing Paul Martin's historical legacy. How truly pathetic. Even Turner had better ambitions.

    What disturbs me is the overwhelming percentage of the party machinery that supported this political nightmare.

    With a party so completely delusional about how power is won and used in a cynical democracy, it is not inconceivable that while the 19th century belonged to Conservatives, and the 20th century belonged to Liberals, the 21st century will return back to the Conservatives.

    These next few years will be critical for all Liberals. If the Board strangle the party in their poisoned clutch, the game will be over.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:44 PM  

  • What I don't understand for the life of me is that, granting the Conservative ad violates copyright laws, what standing does the Liberal party have to object to this. Should not the person who actually holds the copyright be the one objecting? Or do the Libs think CBC is theirs to do with as they please?

    By Anonymous phil, at 10:25 PM  

  • "Or do the Libs think CBC is theirs to do with as they please?"


    By Blogger deaner, at 11:36 PM  

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