Saturday, April 16, 2011

Ad Watch: Mmmm...pancakes...

The Tories and Liberals went neg earlier this week. And now, Jack Layton, running to be PM, is on the attack...against Michael Ignatieff


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  • Rise up, Calgary Grit! Rise Up! Rise Up! Rise Up!

    C'mon feel the power! Rise Up! Rise Up! Aaaaaarrrgggghh!

    By Anonymous chuckercanuck, at 7:31 p.m.  

  • @chuckercanuck: You and I must share a brain, because we thought of the exact same thing when Iggy trotted out that gem:

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:35 p.m.  

  • CG: Since I've seen the video on just about every Liberal blog but yours, what is your opinion of the Rise Up theme?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:55 p.m.  

  • Not voting in a blind, partisan fashion occasionally means "flip flopping." And the quality of one's vote has to be at least as important as the quantity.

    By Blogger Robert Vollman, at 8:59 p.m.  

  • "Rise up" is a risky slogan - practically inviting the press to run with the headline "Iggy can't get it up" if there is not movement in the polls. I note that none of my overwhelmingly left-of-centre friends and associates on facebook have excitedly posted links to the video, so I'm going to guess that penetration is limited, even on the left.

    My sense is that "rise up" is a rather foreign slogan to Canadians. We like our revolutions the way we like our crappy period piece dramas - boring, slow and inoffensive. That isn't to say we are incapable of anger as a people, just that our animosity tends to be reserved more for our perceived regional rivals than for supposed jackbooted individuals undermining our democracy.

    By Anonymous hosertohoosier, at 9:28 p.m.  

  • I wonder if Layton would like to explain how the NDP was the 'least likely party' to prop up the gov't and then when Ignatieff tried to hold the cons accountable for messing up the summer ei panel in fall of 09 he propped them up. I don't see how Layton getting what Ignatieff tried to negotiate with the cons 2 months earlier makes him heroic.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:47 p.m.  

  • He sounded very American in the clip, very much like an evangelical or a southern US politician.

    Thing is we aren't American. I bet he doesn't even know how American this speech sounded.

    Not to mention Springstein isn't Canadian either.

    It's not going to help him and it opens him up to ridicule.

    Besides why would we rise up to put some old white guy, a count and grandson of a princess in power? That's not exactly revolutionary.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:58 p.m.  

  • @anonymous:

    if you are like me, then, you will feel a strong compulsion to grow a rat tail and where shoulder pads for the next three weeks. Solidarity with our future PM!!!!

    By Anonymous chuckercanuck, at 10:46 p.m.  

  • Hold the Conservatives accountable for messing up the summer EI panel?

    You mean the panel which Ignatieff demanded, then inexplicably refused to participate in?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:03 a.m.  

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    By Blogger Jason Holborn, at 12:07 a.m.  

  • I like the style of animation.

    By Blogger Jason Holborn, at 12:08 a.m.  

  • The "Rise Up" line is a big mistake. It is so easy to ridicule. I can already imagine Jack Layton saying "now Mr. Ignatieff says to "rise up" after he has spent the last two years SITTING DOWN or not showing up at all through over 100 confidence votes".

    By Blogger DL, at 12:08 a.m.  

  • The G&M has a good column about Ignatieff's rise up approach. Both positives and negatives.

    Ignatieff can keep ridiculing and attacking Ignatieff all he wants but the question is does the votes he gains compensate for the swing NDP-Liberal votes that he turns off with this? I think Layton's strategy is an overall win for Harper, but it is not clear it is an overall win for Layton.

    I think this type of strategy works best when it is kept behind the scenes - like the NDP & Christopherson siding with Harper to block the release of the AG report. When Layton brings it out in the open, it is not obvious it is such a winner -- except for Harper.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:27 a.m.  

  • Rise Up? The audience behind Iggy needed to wake up.

    That speech couldn't have been more poorly delivered. Having implored his audience to rise up several times, it was as if they finally woke up to some frenzied choreographer behind the camera wildly gesticulating for them to at least get on their feet - not even a hint of spontaneity.

    And a note to Iggy, if he lived in Canada, he might have remembered Parachute Club's 1984 Juno single of the year winner Rise Up (produced by Danial Lanois). Instead he referenced a fellow American's song which his audience failed to recognize.

    By Blogger Patrick, at 9:38 a.m.  

  • Imho the "Rise Up" moment was brilliant. It strikes a chord in a great many Canadians and finally, here's a leader who understands! ! Maybe the doubters had to be there--see Wherry's first person account of this core moment in Maclean's this week.

    By Blogger farwestie, at 12:14 p.m.  

  • Farwestie, give me a break. I'm not a believer in the idea that there is an anti-Tory media conspiracy - the Tories got great press in 2006 and were endorsed by virtually every newspaper in 2008.

    However, Wherry is a partisan hack through and through. I wouldn't be surprised if he called Donolo in the morning to ask what he should have for breakfast. Hearing that Wherry thought "rise up" was moving is about as surprising as seeing a Mark Steyn article bashing immigrants.

    Elections turn when people change their minds - and I don't see a lot of evidence of that.

    By Blogger french wedding cat, at 1:29 p.m.  

  • So much for policies of hope beating policies of fear.

    By Blogger Möbius, at 5:28 p.m.  

  • A call to arms is good, but even I don't really know what I'm supposed to "rise up" against.

    The rise up speech is good, but I just don't think the contempt/democracy stuff is playing at this point so I'm not sure it will work.

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 12:15 a.m.  

  • The problem with the "rise up" speech for me was that it wasn't an inclusive call to arms - e.g. rise up with me, or we need to rise up together, etc. - but instead it was Ignatieff telling people what he thought they needed to do because he told them so. He probably didn't mean it that way, but I thought it came across a little patronizing. But I'm sure it'll work for his base.

    By Anonymous Marc from Soccer, at 7:25 a.m.  

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