Musings —09.14.2015 07:00 AM—
- I’ve written for the Hill Times for ages. They’re a must-read political paper, and you should subscribe to ’em. Below, stories from the Hill Times that give you a sampling of the kind of stuff you get.
- Heckling hangers-on help? Um, no. One interesting HT story is about the phenomenon of partisans heckling reporters trying to do their job. Here’s the Hill Times’ Laura: “Warren Kinsella, a former Liberal staffer and now a partner with the Daisy Consulting Group in Toronto, said in an email that on past Liberal campaigns he was involved with, with Jean Chrétien (in 1993 and 2000) and Dalton McGuinty in Ontario (in 2003, 2007 and 2011), supporters at events never attacked media and “generally” an effort was made “to avoid having questions asked in front of supporters” because someone will inevitably react badly to critical questions. “It makes the supporters look crazed and it makes the media mad and hurts the coverage you get. It’s just a bad idea,” he said.
- Has the SS Tory sprung a leak? That’s what I found most remarkable about this story by Mark and Abbas: not that folks in the ridings are complaining about central campaign – that happens in every election, with every party – but that Conservatives are carping to journalists. That’s something that Grits are supposed to do, not Tories! Check this out: “Conservatives The Hill Times reached last week expressed concern and some anger at the state of the campaign six weeks in. Part of that had to do with a lack of support for candidates in the field—as well as a lack of input from caucus veterans—and poor planning that led to the embarrassing dismissal of two candidates last week.” Wow – Conservatives losing discipline. That’s a big story.
- The politics of refugees: A week or so ago, at the height of the Syrian refugee story, I told a Liberal friend I didn’t think the issue would hurt Harper. My friend thought I was crazy. The Prime Minister’s unwillingness to throw open the doors may anger progressives, I said, but it’s red meat for his core vote. Turns out I was sort of wrong – as Ekos reported last week, and IRG this week – Harper’s stance hasn’t just not hurt him, it has actually helped him. Quote: “Despite the media focus on the Syrian refugee crisis and calls for the Conservatives to respond more compassionately, Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s party isn’t badly positioned on the issue and it could even present an opportunity, a new survey shows. “It’s not doing the damage that some people might have thought,” pollster Greg Lyle of Innovative Research told The Hill Times.
- And so on and so on. See what you get with a Hill Times subscription? Lots of great stories no one else has! Subscribe now, subscribe often!