Monday, April 04, 2011

The biggest threat to our fragile economy recovery: 19 year old girls

To summarize:

The Harper Conservatives ran oppo research on a 19 year old girl, and used it to boot her from a rally.

Meanwhile, Harper claims he was blissfully unaware that a senior aide of his had been previously convicted of fraud.


  • In fairness, I would spend more time researching 19-year-old girls, too.

    In seriousness, it's ironic how the Conservatives are getting torn up in the press for how super-secretive they are to avoid getting torn up in the press.

    By Blogger Robert Vollman, at 11:51 p.m.  

  • Robert,

    How would you suggest the Conservatives manage this condition? They were once ridiculed by the media for having loose lips. The CPC responds with strict communication discipline. The media whines about access and lack of communication.

    Maybe it's not the Conservatives who need to manage this any further. They have been in office for five years and lead in the polls. Perhaps the press might want to recalibrate how they cover this party if they want more access and content from them.

    By Blogger Patrick, at 3:01 p.m.  

  • Did you read Newman's "Mulroney Secret Tapes" book? In it, Mulroney whines incessantly about how tough the media is on the Tories.

    You know what? Get over it!

    Every party has its crosses to bear. A good leader turns a weakness into a strength.

    For example, commit trivial errors in order to provoke media outrage. Observe who your opponents are, and how they react -- Use that information. Get voters accustomed to media outrage so that it doesn't carry the same impact.

    It's not like the Liberals don't have the same sorts of challenges. Dudes balanced the budget, with Chretien-era spending increases under 3% per year, and yet the media has crowned Harper and his 29% spending increases as the financial champion?

    The media may be friendly to Liberals, but it's harder for them to get corporate support. Would you rather have Harper's piles of cash, or CBC's Reality Check in your back pocket?

    Leverage your advantages and stop whining about your disadvantages.

    By Blogger Robert Vollman, at 4:10 p.m.  

  • Who's whining, Robert? It looks like the media to me. I guess I should have been more clear.

    Their petty gripes and attendant slanderous reporting appear to have had no effect for the past five years. And, if recent polls are accurate, continue to have no effect. As I said, the Conservatives responded with their tight-lipped strategy several years ago. It's working.

    The media asked for this. They got it. It is they who should "get over it".

    Saturating a full day's news cycle on two kids who were bumped from a rally is not the way to solicit more access from a party that's leading in the polls. This is the press' idea of moving on from the previous national crisis of "why only four questions?"

    Small-town cheap.

    By Blogger Patrick, at 4:48 p.m.  

  • The media may be friendly to Liberals, but it's harder for them to get corporate support.

    No party can get corporate support. That was banned by the Accountability Act in 2006.

    By Anonymous The Invisible Hand, at 1:24 a.m.  

  • I believe everybody ought to look at this.

    By Anonymous, at 1:54 p.m.  

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