Tuesday, April 03, 2007

In the News

1) The Hill Times has the Pat Martin idiocy of the week:

Last week MPs debated at length whether or not MP Pat Martin was allowed to refer to Agriculture Minister Chuck Strahl as "Il Deuce", the Italian fascist leader Benito Mussolini.


"We do call him Il Deuce, but it's important to note that I did not call the minister a fascist. I implied that he was acting like a fascist..." [said Martin]

2) Speaking of media hungry politicians, Danny Williams is aghast that Stephen Harper would dare run ads criticizing him...a mere two days after he ran ads criticizing Harper. Uh-huh.

3) Check out Coyne on the latest Vendu Vendu controversy. It's weird that no one picked up on this back in February when the ads first aired.

4) The media took a tour of the death star yesterday...the Liberal Party really needs to improve its fundraising abilities because the cash flow advantage is making life a whole lot easier for the Tories.

5) The Liblogs Youtube ads are getting a lot of media play today. And due to their unhealthy obsession with all things Cherniak, the Blogging Tories are giving them even more publicity. Anyways, here's my favourite, similar to a post I did last week:

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  • The Tories may have tonnes of money, but trying to burn it fast now unless they plan on having an election may not be a good idea. They have made their budgets on the assumption the cash will continue to flow in, but if they become unpopular, they might start getting less.

    As for Danny Williams, it is certainly interesting to see him go after the Tories. I think this will be bad news for the three Tories in Newfoundland & Labrador, but I doubt it will have much impact elsewhere. It will be also interesting to see what sides the party memberships take as many are members of both the provincial and federal parties, so right now I don't know how one could be a member of both. I guess Williams is counting on them tearing up their federal membership cards, which is not unreasonable as most were former PCs, at the same time many absolutely despise the NDP and Liberals so even if angry at the Tories, some might decide to stick with them due to their unhappiness of the alternatives. After all if you have conservative views, you are not likely to switch over one issue unless there is another conservative alternative.

    Although perhaps maybe Atlantic Canada does needs its own conservative party much as the West had the Reform Party.

    By Blogger Monkey Loves to Fight, at 6:41 p.m.  

  • Its il duce.

    And if you think elections going youtube benefits the Liberals, you are forgetting that the Tories have a way bigger pitchfork brigade (which is why they have more money).

    By Blogger french wedding cat, at 6:42 p.m.  

  • I think Youtube ads for the Liberals could be somewhat effective at appealing to younger voters. This demographic is not exactly your target demographic for the Conservatives and with this group having a low turnout traditionally, if they could bring more out to the polls this could help them in some close races.

    By Blogger Monkey Loves to Fight, at 7:14 p.m.  

  • "It's weird that no one picked up on this back in February"

    all Calgary Grit, that's why you will be Prime Minister one day - you find the sweetest way to offer a criticism that will still have Wells, Coyne & Cherniak starry-eyed when they think of you!

    By Blogger Tarkwell Robotico, at 8:32 p.m.  

  • I believe it's spelled "Il Duce". I suppose "Il Deuce" could be interpreted to liken Strahl not only to a fascist, but a diabolical fascist.

    By Blogger saphorr, at 9:33 p.m.  

  • there's a fabulous alien movie I just saw called "Altered" in which a redneck knocks on an occupied bathroom and says, "hurry up, I gotta drop a deuce."


    By Blogger Tarkwell Robotico, at 9:35 p.m.  

  • Although perhaps maybe Atlantic Canada does needs its own conservative party much as the West had the Reform Party.

    Well, that's effectively what the PC's were pre-2003. Thanks to MacKay, Atlantic Tories are now in the same party as Rob Anders, John Baird, and Vic Toews.

    By Blogger JG, at 10:11 p.m.  

  • Josh Gould - That is true, but the PCs were a national party that had been around for over 100 years and had won nationally prior to 1993. Now maybe they need a re-incarnation of the old PCs. Mind you it would be good if we could have a national Progressive Conservative. The Neo-Conservatives will go for the most right wing party on the ballot so as long as the party is to the right of the Liberals, they will vote them even if with great reluctance.

    By Blogger Monkey Loves to Fight, at 11:02 p.m.  

  • Yeah Miles, Stephen Harper is so incredibly conservative. Just look at how he banned gay marriage and gouged public spending.

    The electoral interests of the Conservatives are causing them to become the PC Party of yore (more of Mulroney than Diefenbaker).

    By Blogger french wedding cat, at 12:01 a.m.  

  • Maybe the the former PCs that joined LPC should break away and revive the old PC party.
    Better hurry, isn't David Orchard about to announce he's running as a Liberal?

    By Blogger wilson, at 12:08 a.m.  

  • CG: re. slur against Dion in Tory Quebec ads: Someone did pick it up at the time, in February.. William Johnson, that well-known Harper hater (not!). Wrote column in Globe on topic, condemning ads as new low in Canadian politics. Link available from Coyne post or my comment on his original post.

    By Blogger Eugene Forsey Liberal, at 1:29 a.m.  

  • You actually think attention on Cherniak is a GOOD thing for the Liberal party?

    By Blogger biff, at 4:12 a.m.  

  • CG,

    They are trying hard to raise money. I've lost count of the emails and letters that I have received asking for money.

    And, I see that chuckercanack is still interested in you.

    By Blogger JimTan, at 5:01 a.m.  

  • Putting aside all the partisan politics or just the need to get attention, what does williams think his antics will accomplish?

    That voters in Ontario and Quebec will reject Harper? Based on how he's treated NFLD? Or that we just can't trust him?

    Get real. Harper doesn't care if he looses three seats in NFLD, because he's going for 30+ more seats in Ont & Que. I mean, isn't Williams a rhodes scholar or some kind of zillionaire? You'd think he be smarter than his antics suggest he is.

    By Blogger Happy to be here, at 11:46 a.m.  

  • Williams thinks it's okay for him to criticize Harper, but not for Harper to criticize him. Someone should tell the good Premier of Newfoundland & Labrador that he does not look good wearing hypocrisy.

    By Blogger Brian in Calgary, at 1:03 p.m.  

  • Anyone know if Harper's anti-Williams ads are paid for by the government? I presume so.

    Our tax dollars at work.

    By Blogger Ted Betts, at 2:05 p.m.  

  • what kind of acid-trip sandwiches has jason been eating lately, anyway? his blog is a train-wreck and his skill in rhetoric seem to deteriorate with each posting. I can't believe the higher-ups haven't shut him up by now. Does he really think he's doing the party any favours? It's painful, though amusing, to watch.

    By Blogger DWS, at 4:21 p.m.  

  • Cherniak represents the intellectual heart of the Liberal party.

    We all like Calgary Grit (and Don) but they went with losers, whereas Cherniak had his finger on the leadership pulse since day 1.

    We read Cherniak to know what the sharpest pencils in the Liberal drawer are thinking.

    For guffaws, we read your Leader of Digital Democracy, Garth Turner - who is Judy Garland if she were a man.

    By Blogger Tarkwell Robotico, at 4:59 p.m.  

  • Why hasn't the LPC disowned Cherniak by now? It's like watching a crash on the freeway in icy conditions, just when you think it's all done, another car piles into it.

    Is this disaster being allowed to continue because he hitched onto Dion during the leadership convention?

    By Blogger mecheng, at 6:09 p.m.  

  • It is Il Duce - when I read "Il Deuce", I thought Pat Martin had made a pun about the number 2 or something.

    I'm amazed the LPC associates itself with Cherniak, no matter how 'unofficially'. He is a clown that only makes his side look bad - if he was an MP, he'd be worse for the Liberals than Rob Anders is for the Conservatives.

    By Blogger Jacques Beau Vert, at 6:42 p.m.  

  • Danny Williams needs a horsekick to the head.

    By Blogger Jacques Beau Vert, at 6:43 p.m.  

  • Bo Green,

    Cherniak is not "unofficial" he's a riding president. And official blogger for the Dion campaing (or some title).

    He's the most official blogger the Liberal's got..... after Garth.

    By Blogger Tarkwell Robotico, at 7:08 p.m.  

  • chucker; I believe the business cards said "blogging campaign co-chair"...

    Cerberus; I was wondering the same thing about the tax dollars. Just imagine, if you live in Newfoundland you're paying for BOTH Harper and Williams to piss on each other.

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 9:11 p.m.  

  • "Just imagine, if you live in Newfoundland you're paying for BOTH Harper and Williams to piss on each other."

    or if you're from Ontario, you sent money to Williams to complain about having not enough money sent to Williams and then had Harper spend money to tell Williams that he got a fine pot.

    By Blogger Tarkwell Robotico, at 9:57 p.m.  

  • But look at all the JOBS that have been created/saved with both ads! Loggers (paper), copywriters, etc etc etc

    By Blogger Candace, at 11:00 p.m.  

  • I wouldn't get too bent upset about money being spent on promoting the budget. After all, it appears to have the support of the house.

    Don't most governments (liberal or conservative) spend money publicizing the budget? In this case, it is just a little more in your fave because Williams is acting like a tool.

    By Blogger mecheng, at 11:48 p.m.  

  • By Blogger raybanoutlet001, at 2:28 a.m.  

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