Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Not so Great Moments in Spin

Further to the story of Ed Stelmach's plunging poll numbers, comes a surprisingly candid explanation from his spokesman, Tom Olsen:

The reason the dramatic plunge is "believable," according to Olsen, is that "hundreds of thousands of new Albertans don't know the history of Progressive Conservative governments in this province and are spending their time assessing what they see."

Yes, you heard that correctly. According to the office of the Premier, the reason Stelmach's poll numbers are dropping is because people are actually looking at the party rather than blindly following the PC brand name.

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  • Damn Eastern carpetbaggers!

    By Blogger Greg, at 4:01 p.m.  

  • So close. He almost said "money and the ethnic vote," there, didn't he.

    By Blogger Gauntlet, at 4:46 p.m.  

  • What else is he going to say?

    "The drop is believable because we have lost touch with the voters, and have grown so arrogant that we don't even pretend to care what they think anymore. Plus, our pointless feud with the cities has probably alienated our base. Oh well, good thing all of the Opposition parties put together don't add up to half a brain."

    By Blogger Robert Vollman, at 5:17 p.m.  

  • I've heard some Liberals panicking about being stuck in the polls. I hate to sound naively optimistic, but I get the sense that a lot of voters in our urban centres (Calgary especially) are desperately hoping Ed Stelmach will magically transform into a Jim Dinning-like character before the spring – an individual who knows that Alberta is an increasingly urban province with thriving and vibrant cities. When an election is called in March, and it’s painfully clear that Stelmach is Stelmach and that parties like the Alliance and Wild Rose are trying to drag Alberta back into a dinosaur age that neglects how we’ve progressed and changed as a province, people will vote, and they’ll vote for the only party that has any understanding and appreciation for our great cities and growing communities – they’ll vote Liberal.

    By Blogger Matt Grant, at 2:29 p.m.  

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