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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