Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Dean Del Mastro: Knower of Everything

On previous episodes of Dean Del Mastro: Knower of Everything, Dean didn't trust the survey results in a Peterborough newspaper poll, so he commissioned his own robo-push poll, in an effort to "protect democracy". Then, last week Dean argued the Liberals used a US call centre and the Tories never did, despite Evan Solomon presenting him with irrefutable evidence showing the exact opposite of what Dean was saying.

So yes, we shouldn't expect logic to be in abundant supply when Dean Del Mastro opens his mouth. But still, today's spin from Dean is priceless:

Del Mastro, the prime minister's parliamentary secretary and the lead Tory on the file, demanded again that the Liberals release their phone records to prove they weren't behind the misleading phone calls.

"It's ... clear that the Liberal Party spent millions of dollars to contact hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of homes right across this country. It appears they had given them some incorrect information but the Liberal leader is sitting on all of this information while he makes unsubstantiated smears," Del Mastro said.

Speaking to reporters after question period, Del Mastro denied making any allegations.

"No, in fact I haven’t made any allegations," he said. "The Liberal Party has made … allegations about our party that we in fact contacted Liberal supporters. We did no such thing."

The Conservative Party doesn't need to provide its own records, he said "because obviously our party is not behind these calls, we know that."

So we have Del Mastro making allegations then saying he hasn't made allegations an hour later - but that's par for the course in politics. The gem in this article is Dean's claim that the Conservatives don't need to provide their phone records because he knows they are not behind these calls. All the while demanding the Liberals release their records.

Peter Goldring tried that line of logic when he refused to blow a breathalyzer last year, and it didn't work out so well for him - "officer, I don't need to blow because I know I'm under the legal limit...go pull over that driver and test him".

At first, I thought the PMO made a tactical error placing Del Mastro as the point man on Robocon, but it's clear no one else in the party would be able to regurgitate these talking points with a straight face. When it comes to spouting nonsense and believing it, Del Mastro is the maestro.

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  • Good one Grit - Mastro the maestro. I like that.

    By Blogger Kirbycairo, at 3:34 p.m.  

  • I love how the Tories went on about "if you have done nothing wrong you have nothing to hide" on Toews' internet surveillance bill for two weeks and now they dont want to turn over their records.

    By Anonymous Sean, at 5:01 p.m.  

  • Baghdad Bob is back!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:56 p.m.  

  • Don't forget he "knew" that the NDP were behind Vikileaks, until it turns out they weren't.

    He said it in the House and on Question Period on Sun. morning.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:23 p.m.  

  • Del Maestro is indeed the master of obliterating stupidity; he has no clue as to his own massive blind / blank spots. I’d love to watch Steve Stalin explain Johari Windows and /or Maslow’s Hierachy of needs to THICK AS A BRICK Dean … what a pathetic spectacle.
    Cannot this man comprehend (at least a little bit) how bad his Bullshit Song & Dance routine makes him look to unbiased observers … he does not know what her does not know, by a country mile.

    By Blogger Dennis Hollingsworth, at 10:20 p.m.  

  • The Vancouver Observer has an article - Robo-call scandal: inside the Conservatives' voter suppression school‎. It happened at the ironically named Manning Centre for Building Democracy.

    If the following link breaks, it's cause I suck at HTML.

    Voter Supression School

    By Anonymous CrescentHeightsGuy, at 4:17 p.m.  

  • I notice you haven't been so quick to shout at the Liberals who have admitted to illegal robocalls in Guelph.

    I have no doubt that the error was inadvertent, just as I have no doubt that any errors on the part of any of the campaigns during last year's election were inadvertent.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:36 p.m.  

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