Thursday, May 21, 2009


This is a really good response - tough, yet mostly issue-based and positive. I think this is the right message to get out there, and any earned media the Liberals get from it will be a bonus.

Yeah, yeah, they respond to a bit of a straw man argument, since the attack ads aren't at all talking about some people being "less Canadian" than others, but politics is all about spin, and the Liberals have spun this one well.



  • He looks like he's on the set of Antiques Road Show.

    By Anonymous Jason Bo Green, at 9:03 a.m.  

  • Very good response by Ignatieff.

    By Blogger french wedding cat, at 9:46 a.m.  

  • I'll go one step further and call it brilliant.

    That being said, it's not necessarily a loss to the Conservatives. Why? Because next election, for the first time, the Liberals won't be able to launch attack ads. (Without them bringing this clip back, that is). And the day of attacking the Conservatives for being too American might finally come to an end (except, of course, from the NDP).

    By Blogger Robert Vollman, at 10:54 a.m.  

  • If Iggy is going to campaign on the idea that the PM's one and only job is national unity, it is going to Fish-Barrel-Shoot campaign.

    Maybe he should come up with a catchy byline . . . I know,

    "The Land is Strong"

    That should do it.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:15 p.m.  

  • I have zero problem with Ignatieff's absence from Canada -- Luke could go back and be PM of Tattooine a better man than the boy he was when he left. But it's a legitimate concern for many voters, and in my opinion, MI is clueless about Canada -- you know, hoping we can avoid bloodshed in a civil war with a separate Quebec and all.

    We're ready for a new PM - I don't think Ignatieff is it (great for everyone as it would be to have a PM without an English/French surname).

    Like I said, it's weak, weak spin. A lot of people have grave doubts about Ignatieff's time abroad -- he should play it as a strength, he's learned from experiences he never could have had in Canada and has returned a better man for it. He's just being an asshole (this is the guy who heaped scorn and condescension on anyone who opposed the Iraq War, rather than attempting a serious debate (much like Harper, in fact)) and tapdancing -- it's not fooling anyone except his betrothed voters.

    Asshole vs. asshole -- I can just about smell the next election already.

    By Anonymous Jason Bo Green, at 5:04 p.m.  

  • Zzzz. He talks in the same stilted style as Galen Weston Jr. in the TV ads. If the Liberals thinks this is scoring points with people who don't hold Liberal membership cards, they're going to be like lambs to the slaughter in the next election.

    By Blogger nuna d. above, at 5:33 p.m.  

  • Was Iggy around for the terrible little attack ads, the ones with guns in our cities...anyone remember those? I think the conservative ads are kind of benign compared to those...ciao

    By Blogger Rositta, at 7:43 p.m.  

  • A good message. He however comes off as a bit too rehearsed, especially with the changes in facial expression (raising eyebrows, etc). But I'm sure this will improve by the time there's an election.

    By Blogger saphorr, at 8:43 a.m.  

  • I never thought I would say this but I'd rather watch the Sham-Wow commercial.

    By Blogger paulsstuff, at 10:17 a.m.  

  • It does have some value as a sleep-aid.

    By Blogger Joanne (True Blue), at 10:29 a.m.  

  • Yes, his voice is kind of soothing in an irritatingly condescending sort of way.

    By Anonymous Steph, at 1:06 p.m.  

  • So, I do not really consider it may have success.

    By Anonymous, at 6:15 a.m.  

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