Musings —01.15.2012 07:41 PM—
Last night at the Former Liberal Staffers mob scene at D’arcy McGee’s on the Sparks Street Mall, a young woman (whose name I did not catch) took me to task for being critical of the Liberal Party of Canada. She was quite upset, and she gave me Hell, and I told her I appreciated the fact that she did so. Most of the toughly-worded stuff I get comes in the form of anonymous emails. So I applauded her saying what she had to say face-to-face. I invited to do so when we meet again, but not in a noisy bar when folks have been drinking.
She seemed to be upset that I was opposed to Bob Rae leading the Grits into the next election campaign. That’s fair. In response, I told her that I was and am a war room guy. What I do, in campaigns, is relate critical information about our opponents. The problem with Rae, I told her, is that there is a mountain of critical information in his past – and his past cannot be erased. It is part of who he is, and it will present a big, big problem.
At the time, neither of us knew that the spot below had been released – according to the YouTube info, just the day before. Tellingly, it’s by the National Citizen’s Coalition, which Stephen Harper once led. I believe it provides a pretty good sense of what the Reformatories will say about Rae in 2015.
Will people be motivated by ads like this? My youthful critic would say no. Looking at this, I can’t say my view has changed one bit.