Monday, February 02, 2009

Monday News Items

1. Dr. Tom is the latest to jump on the "death of Conservatism"/"Right wing uprising" train, in this Globe op-ed. While there might be a fundraising backlash, I wouldn't expect any of this to hurt Harper at the polls. According to this poll (page 35), only 1% of Conservative voters are less likely to vote Tory because of the budget.

And having a few right wingers go on rants that Harper "isn't conservative enough" may not be a bad thing for the guy...

2. Speaking of fundraising, the latest numbers are out. While there is some mild encouragement in Q4 for the Liberals, it's abundantly obvious why Harper would love to do away with the public funding of political parties.

3. There's a lot of buzz over this "fawning" profile of Michael Ignatieff in the New York Times.

4. Tom Clark has won the CTV On the Hill "host race". Clark is promising that on Mike Duffy Live On The Hill Power Play "anyone who tries to use spin is going to be in for a rather unpleasant surprise", which is a bold promise to make for a show made up mostly of spin doctor panel segments.

5. Although I didn't get a chance to see the OYL hijinx first hand, I'd just like to offer a hearty congratulations to David Valentin (and Alex Crombie) who ran, and won, as independents - always a challenging thing to accomplish in youth politics.

6. The latest on the Peter MacKay for NATO secretary general rumours.

7. Four Newfoundland Liberals have broken ranks and will vote against Harper's budget. It would be hard for Ignatieff to punish his MPs for voting against a budget he has been less than enamoured with himself - especially if he hopes to hang on to the 6 Newfoundland seats the party holds. I'd say he spin it in public as symbolic support for Newfoundland and a sign he won't be dictactorial...then rap over a few knuckles in private.


  • What about Crombie why didn't you congratulate him? He won VP Fed as an independent I heard by a huge margin.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:07 p.m.  

  • Don't slates usually ALWAYS win at these? I'd like to know who was working for the independent candidates, they beat a stacked slate that cheated just to sweep 100% of the executive positions.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:46 p.m.  

  • From what I heard more than half of the OYL First slate was working for the "independent" candidates and sent their delegates over to them, so they were hardly "independent" all the old OYL Beyond ppl (who made about 75% of the OYL First slate) supported Valentin and Crombie bc Valentin and Crombie helped them last year.

    There was no real "slate" this year since a slate only works if they actually hold together and whip their delegates for each other, not send their delegates deliberately over to the opposition. 14 candidates were acclaimed so had no incentive left to whip their delegates for the two remaining contested members of their "team".

    That's why the independent won I'm sure.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:51 p.m.  

  • Good on Crombie too - I just gave DV some props because I know him better.

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 8:27 p.m.  

  • I'm hoping Harper has finally killed the ridiculous notion that Conservatives are better with money and/or more restrained fiscally once and for all.

    Look at Mulroney, Bush, Harper, Reagan, or even locally at Klein and Stelmach. No one can blow through money faster than Conservatives, although I'll give people like Trudeau and Rae credit for at least keeping up.

    By Blogger Robert Vollman, at 1:06 p.m.  

  • Ignatieff sure looks sharp backing down again! "Carrying water", he really has mastered the Canadian vernacular, is he watching a lot of Trailer Park Boys? I can't wait to see what clever expression and stern expression he comes up with next time he backs down!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:20 p.m.  

  • I've lost track - has MI shuffled his shadows yet this week?

    I think CTV NewsNet covered it best - Monday night's news was that Ig told the NL LPC MPs to toe the line and vote for the budget, or there would be consequences.

    Tuesday's news is that Ig has allowed the NL LPC MPs to vote against the budget, but that QC LPC MPs must toe the line, or there would be consequences.

    By Blogger Paul, at 5:59 p.m.  

  • Have you heard about MP Bill Casey. The harperites are accusing him of theft. How vindictive can you get?

    By Blogger JimTan, at 9:41 p.m.  

  • Bailout 2008, a poem by David Jeffrey:

    Like a bloodied warrior,
    laying broken and torn.

    Like a dying soldier, hopeless and forlorn.

    But the blood, it be green,
    the color of money.

    And the soldier is an economy,
    and it is anything but funny.

    Broken are it’s people and shattered are their dreams.

    Thanks to the ultra rich and their full proof schemes.

    It is a tragedy with more pain to come.

    Finance will be Hell, and their wills will be done.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:10 p.m.  

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