Thursday, September 28, 2006

Leaked Memo Shows Liberals Fear Day

Document rates Tory hopefuls
Sep. 28, 2006.

British Columbia MP Stockwell Day is the Conservative MP Liberals would least like to face in a general election.

Although the Conservatives are not currently in a leadership race, Liberal strategists are fearful that a quick switch of leadership could lead to a CPC majority government. The conclusions are contained in a super top secret exclusive confidential memo obtained by Calgary Grit, and written by prominent Liberal strategist David Herle.

Herle, a key Liberal war-room strategist in the last federal election, says Day "worries me most." "People look at Stockwell Day and they see a young, vibrant leader who looks great in a wetsuit." the report continues. "Stopping the Day momentum in a campaign would be akin to reversing the flow of Niagara Falls."

In contrast, Harper is seen as a "Liberal wet dream" due to his cold personality and considerable baggage. The report concludes that his record as Prime Minister would become an issue in an election campaign.

While some have questioned the timing and conclusions of this leaked top secret report, most agree this is the work of the infamous "Liberal mole".


  • Pretty good. The funny thing is, that was actually the Martin brain trust's opinion of Stock in 2000. "Paul," one of them told me a week before Chrétien dropped the writ, "Stockwell Day is a communications genius. And if you can't see that you must be so far up Chrétien's ass you can't see anything." Her evidence was the wetsuit.

    By Blogger Paul, at 12:57 PM  

  • Hilarious!

    But in all seriousness, I think the memo (the real one) just points out what everyone else is thinking. It seems more based on reality than hopes and dreams.

    But I think the Tories are underestimating Rae and others if they think they'll get some sort of 'free ride'

    By Blogger SouthernOntarioan, at 12:57 PM  

  • Very very funny, CG. Thanks.

    Now let's hope that the mole in our team doesn't reveal our super secret purple dinosaur strategy. I mean what could be more "renewal" than renewing an old campaign platform and strategy?!?!

    By Blogger Cerberus, at 1:07 PM  

  • I think Wells makes an interesting observation on his blog.

    While there's nothing earth shattering in this memo, I certainly suspect it wouldn't have been leaked the day before DEMs if the Tories hadn't wanted it to be leaked.

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 1:19 PM  

  • Nicely put.

    By Blogger Demosthenes, at 1:33 PM  

  • I don't really trust these memos. Often they portray who the least want to run against as weak. But even if it is accurate in its current assessment, I suspect most non-political Canadians aren't following the Liberal leadership race. Just look at how much opinions can swing in a 2 week period during an election. It will be during the next election we will see what Canadians reactions are like, which in my opinion, are less predictable than some might think.

    By Blogger Miles Lunn, at 1:43 PM  

  • You are Swiftian in your subtly and statire Bart. Good job.

    By Blogger Mike, at 2:00 PM  

  • I agree. Obviously Finley wanted this leaked. Also, what idiot goes to the length to detail the strength and weaknesses of each candidate and then hand it out to a staff. Come on, when you want something kept under raps you discuss it verbally... not on paper.

    The Star is dumb as far as I'm concerned to even print it.

    By Blogger Riley Hennessey, at 2:24 PM  

  • CG, brilliant.

    Your thoughts are the same as mine, but a whole heckuva lot funnier. LOLOL

    In essence, the Tories leak an old memo two days before Super Weekend, they admit they're doing it, yet Iggy supporters are holding up this memo as though it were one of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

    I love it!!!!

    By Blogger Dennis (Second Thoughts), at 2:41 PM  

  • Yes indeed. It seems to me that the Tories are not afraid of Ignatieff. Their strategy and secrecy has been good and has won them a government.

    Doug Finley's spokesperson said he stood by those words.

    If the Tories actually thought Ignatieff could kick their ass in an election, why would they reveal it the day before Liberals start electing their leader?

    They wouldn't.

    Obviously the Tories want Ignatieff to be Liberal leader.

    By Blogger nbpolitico, at 2:49 PM  

  • Here and I thought I was being clever by thinking the same thing...

    By Blogger The Tiger, at 4:09 PM  

  • God, I thought I was so prescient and clever to suspect the Tories were dying to take on Ignatieff.

    I guess I'm not so special... :(

    Brilliant post, CG - you keep on reminding us why you rock.

    By Blogger Jason Bo Green, at 4:23 PM  

  • Of course, we all rejoiced when they chose Harper as leader. Figured we'd have a slam dunk with him in charge of the CPC.

    By Blogger Cerberus, at 4:25 PM  

  • Cerberus - well we sort of did. We ran a weak campaign in 2004 and won and ran the worst campaign ever in 2006 and barely lost.

    We won't be so lucky, the Tories may not have the best leader in the world, but they've proved they know how to run a campaign.

    By Blogger nbpolitico, at 4:53 PM  

  • I'm referring to the selection of Harper.

    By Blogger Cerberus, at 5:53 PM  

  • Paul," one of them told me a week before Chrétien dropped the writ, "Stockwell Day is a communications genius. And if you can't see that you must be so far up Chrétien's ass you can't see anything."

    I always thought that Michelle Caderio had a gift for words!

    By Blogger Manitoba Liberal, at 6:11 PM  

  • lol too funny :D

    By Blogger Harrap, at 6:26 PM  

  • "Obviously the Tories want Ignatieff to be Liberal leader. "

    Or maybe we're using reverse psychology, and that's just what we want you to think.


    By Blogger Toronto Tory, at 9:08 PM  

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    By Blogger Werner Patels, at 10:59 PM  

  • Had to delete my first comment, because, and I admit, you got me, Bart. I read your article and thought, God, where's this coming from now? Good one, Bart. I bow to you.

    By Blogger Werner Patels, at 11:01 PM  

  • Cerberus, you said:

    we all rejoiced when they chose Harper as leader. Figured we'd have a slam dunk

    And that is what I was responding to, I said:

    well we sort of did. We ran a weak campaign in 2004 and won and ran the worst campaign ever in 2006 and barely lost

    Meaning that if the Tories had chosen a better leader than Harper we would have lost in 2004 and with the campaign we ran in 2006 would have handed them a huge majority.

    I assumed that the point you were making was that much as we assumed Harper was weak yet he displaced us from power, the Tories inversly may view Ignatieff as weak but would be turfed by him.

    My point was, Harper was weak. I think Ignatieff is a weak leadership candidate. However, unlike the free pass we offered the Tories with two poorly run campaigns, if we were to offer up a weak leader, we'd be crushed.

    By Blogger nbpolitico, at 11:23 PM  

  • I think nbpolitico is totally right here. Had someone like Bernard Lord been leader in 2004, I think we would have lost that election, albeit only a minority and had Harper resigned and been replaced by Lord we probably would have seen a Conservative majority. I myself as a Blue Liberal/Red Tory would have voted for Bernard Lord as Conservative leader, where is there is no way in Hell I will vote for Stephen Harper.

    By Blogger Miles Lunn, at 11:34 PM  

  • Haha. Well done.

    By Blogger robedger, at 12:06 AM  

  • Whether it was intentionally leaked or not is a guess, and if we had a way of knowing that it was intentional, we still have to guess at the intent.

    In any case, listen to us. If they leaked it intentionally, their intent might just have been to throw a wrench into the works, or to try to "dictate the pace" of this thing from the outside.

    I don't think the memo is of huge consequence, but the entertainment value is obviously substantial.

    By Blogger Crabgrass, at 1:06 AM  

  • Miles --- Exactly...

    Grits "memo" couldnt' even mention his name out of fear...

    Bernard Lord!!! Bernard LORD!!!

    LORD!!! Mwahahahahahahahahaha

    honestly if Lord had been in charge of the conservatives in 2006 I seriously think we'd all be talking about the uncanny Martin Campbell resemblance.

    By Blogger Sierra, at 1:59 PM  

  • maybe we'll get luck with a liberal minority government again and now that Lord isn't tied to NB he'll take over the Conservatives, when dead fish Harper resigns in shame

    By Blogger Sierra, at 2:00 PM  

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