From the home office in Toronto-Danforth, the top 10 reasons...
Jeff gives a great recap of the event and Warren’s zingers here, while Aaron takes issue with Warren’s “rah-rah go Liberals” attitude. Since, you know, if there’s one think Kinsella is known for, it’s his rose-coloured-Dion-is-great-and-can-do-no-wrong attitude. If only he could look at Dion more objectively, like other bloggers.
For those curious what the hubbub was all about, the presentation was a more in depth look at this top 10 list of reasons people shouldn’t count Dion out. I’d say I agree with all of the points on that list to a certain extent, although a lot of them work more to the “stop a Harper majority” than the “elect Dion” end game.
Here’s the quick 10 points without explanation (to do that, go here) – I’m curious to see what people think.
1. Dion is underestimated and female voters don’t trust Harper.
2. The LPC has great brand and organization strength. [ed note: brand, yes. Organizational? I think the Tories have us beat there]
3. Dion will turn the focus away from “leadership” by emphasizing the Liberal team.
4. The Tories can’t run an outsider or scandal-backlash campaign anymore.
5. Campaigns matter and the Liberals have a good campaign pitch.
6. “Mark my words: Jim Flaherty’s anti-Dalton McGuinty campaign will go down in the political history books as one of the dumbest, most self-destructive campaigns ever.”
7. Team McGuinty will get involved due to point 6.
8. Picking Dumont over Charest will hurt Harper in Quebec.
9. The media are out to get Harper.
10. “Stéphane Dion is a decent, hard-working guy. Canada is full of decent, hard-working guys and gals. The more they get to know him, the more they will like him. Just watch.”