Musings —06.25.2015 07:15 AM—
…it’s more or less consistent with other, recent, polls. There are a variety of reasons for it, some of which I’ve written about.
But – as I asked a couple Tories seen in Ottawa this week – my question remains this: “Did you guys do your job on Justin too well?”
That they have hurt Justin Trudeau’s reputation, and his party’s brand, is beyond dispute. But they have (as a result) facilitated some of Tom Mulcair’s growth, through neglect. So why haven’t the CPC done to the godless socialists what they did to Trudeau?
It’s Summertime, now, and nobody (apart from political kooks like thee and me) is paying attention to political stuff. So it will be hard to take Angry Tom down a peg or two. Bien sur. But the Tories – and the Grits – need to start doing it, pronto.
Here are the three themes I would start hammering at, over and over, until the Dippers are gasping for air:
- The NDP are crypto-separatists: Me and others have written about this, but now Team Blue and Team Red need to go at it, too, in earnest. The NDP favours breaking up the country on the basis of one vote. The NDP opposes the Clarity Act. The NDP plays footsie with the separatists. And, with the Duceppe-led Bloc now starting to eat their lunch, the Mulcair NDP are going to get even more nationalistic than they were before. Make them pay for that.
- The NDP are crooked: Want to get Angry Tom looking angry again? Ask him about the millions that dozens of New Democrat MPs pilfered from Parliament. Wow! He just about blows a head valve! The Board of Internal Economy is about to garnish the public funds doled out to NDP MPs – including Mulcair – because they have refused to pay back what they owe. So, just as the NDP have made Grits and Tories bleed for the misdeeds of their Senate colleagues, it’s time to turn the tables: make the NDP caucus look like a bunch of criminals for ripping off the taxpayer. It worked (for the NDP) in the Senate, it’ll work (for the Tories and the Grits) in the House.
- The NDP are beholden to Big Unions: Unifor and the like are drifting back into the NDP column, after being more or less “unaffiliated” for the past decade or so. In places like Ontario, that could pay big dividends for the Liberals and the Conservatives: this Fall, for example, we are likely to see an education general strike, and the NDP can be expected to refuse to do anything about it. Can you imagine Angry Tom on the campaign trail, with even Angrier Parents screaming at him because his party refuses to send teachers back to the classroom? It’ll be beautiful.
Those are just a few of the ways Libs and Tories can get at the surging socialist horde. Got any others, Dear Reader? Comment away! Write your own attack ad! Write your own attack speech! Write attack talking points!
You have nothing to lose but, you know, power!